Patient Sues George Washington Hospital After Being Rendered Blind
A patient has filed a lawsuit against GW University, the University Hospital, and other named defendants after he says that they failed to diagnose his condition in time, rendering him blind in one eye. The plaintiffs, in this case, the patient and his wife, have filed a lawsuit claiming that the attending doctors failed to diagnose an “orbital mass” in time even as the patient’s vision grew worse and worse. The plaintiffs have filed two separate causes of action. The first is a medical malpractice lawsuit over the injury sustained to the plaintiff’s eye. The second is a loss of consortium lawsuit filed on behalf of the plaintiff and his wife claiming that the plaintiff’s medical condition caused her to lose the services, support, care and comfort of her husband.
Injuries Sustained by the Plaintiffs
The plaintiff is now blind in his left eye. He has sustained significant medical expenses, including a last-minute emergency surgency that failed to save his eye. The permanent loss of a bodily organ is considered a serious injury. Compensation for such permanent injuries can be high. Chances are, the plaintiff also missed time from work and is also owed for lost wages. If the loss of his eye prevents him from working in the future, he can be entitled to a significant recovery. For that reason, the plaintiff is requesting $5 million in damages.
The plaintiff requested an additional $1 million for his consortium. This is known as a loss of consortium action. A plaintiff alleges that an injury caused his wife the loss of his support, services and comfort.
The Timeline of the Medical Event
The plaintiff went to GW Hospital complaining of a severely swollen left eye a day after getting a CT scan that revealed a potential bacterial skin infection. The plaintiff was immediately taken for an ophthalmology consult during which the doctor treated him for cellulitis (skin infection). The plaintiffs allege that the doctor noted nerve displacement and lost vision, and the doctor should have interpreted this likely as a mass. The doctor didn’t. The plaintiff sustained injuries as a result of that failure.
By the time the plaintiff’s vision was nearly gone, the doctors reportedly found a blood clot in the area of his eye. By the time they removed the blood clot, the plaintiff was already blind.
To make a valid medical negligence argument, a plaintiff must show where the doctor deviated from the acceptable standard of care. Of course, doctors have to make judgment calls, but when the established practice of medicine affords the best possible solution, and the doctor deviates from established practice, and injuries result from that deviation, the doctor is liable.
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