Seattle medical negligence resulted in life long disabilities for one injured individual. Carpenters use their hands in their craft every day. That’s why it’s particularly tragic when one loses the use of their hands. But tragedy is compounded when it could have been entirely prevented.
The Seattle Times, on December 22, 2015, reported on a case of Seattle medical negligence at one of the local hospitals. A 56 year old man suffered an injury and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. (The University of Washington operates Harborview). Overnight, his wife alerted physicians to a sharp increase in pain.
This case of Seattle medical negligence took a turn for the worse as the overnight residents on staff ignored his wife. The medical evidence at trial would show that the sharp increase in pain was a classic sign of complication called compartment syndrome. The trial showed that the Seattle resident doctors were medically negligent when they did not respond to sharp increase in pain.
Compartment syndrome is caused when excessive pressure builds up in an enclosed space in the body and can result from bleeding or swelling after an injury. The excessive pressure can prevent the flow of oxygen rich blood to areas of the body or can cause nerves to be compressed. As a firm, we have handled many cases involving the compression of nerves. We know the tragic results that can occur when nerve injuries are left untreated.
With any nerve or blood flow issue, it’s important the medical providers act fast. If they do not, then it can be a case of medical malpractice and you need to seek legal advice to determine whether you have any remedies at law. In the case of the Seattle carpenter, the jury found medical negligence resulted in $1.5 million in damages, including economic lost wages and earning capacity.