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Patient Awarded $1.61 Million after Suffering Torn Artery during Surgery

Nick Naughton3 years ago

A Harris County jury has awarded a man $1.61 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after the man suffered a torn artery during surgery.

Patient Suffers Torn Artery During Surgery

  • The plaintiff, a 52-year-old trucking terminal manager from Houston, Texas, underwent partial left shoulder replacement at a local hospital.
  • During rounds the following morning, the doctor who had performed the procedure did not note any problems with the plaintiffs arm. The plaintiff was discharged.
  • Two days later, the plaintiff returned with signs of inadequate blood flow and underwent a bypass procedure to restore blood flow to his arm. Doctors also performed a fasciotomy to reduce his risk of develping compartment syndrome.
  • It was determined during these procedures that the doctor who had performed the plaintiffs shoulder surgery had unknowingly torn his axillary artery.

Patient File Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

  • According to reports, the plaintiff claimed that he sustained muscle and nerve damage due to the torn artery in his shoulder, and that succeeding procedures would not have been necessary had the doctor not torn the artery. 
  • The plaintiff also argued that after returning to the hospital, he was left waiting for hours while his condition worsened and 
  • The jury found the doctor partially negligent they acknowledged that he should have seen his patient directly after the surgery rather than following up a day later, and found the hospital partially negligent as well due to the delayed treatment.
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