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Plaintiff Awarded $1.12 Million in Malpractice Lawsuit

Destiny Baker3 years ago

According to the Wichita Eagle, resident of Sedgwick, Kansas, Andrew Henson, has been awarded $1.12 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after he was sent to a employer selected doctor for work related injuries.

Henson Injured in Workplace Accident

  • Henson was an employee of Belger Cartage where he worked as a heavy-duty equipment transporter and mover.
  • While working, Henson was involved in an accident in which he was crushed between two large containers.
  • After the accident, Henson was referred to a Dr. Ronald Davis by his employer who diagnosed his injuries, saw him over four days and told him to call back should his condition worsen.

Worker’s Condition Worsens

  • Soon after, Henson called Davis twice complaining of severe chest pain. The doctor told him to report back to the hospital in five days.
  • Upon his revisiting the doctor, Henson was having a heart attack which Davis failed to recognize. Henson was instead sent to receive a CT scan.
  • While waiting for the scan, a nurse recognized Henson’s symptoms and directed him to the emergency room.
  • Henson suffered a full cardiac arrest resulting in serious, permanent heart damage. Because of a device that had to be implanted in Henson’s heart, Henson could no longer work around industrial machinery, leading him to lose his job.
Verdict in the Workplace Injury Malpractice Case
  • A Sedgwick County jury found that Davis was 66 percent negligent and Henson 34 percent negligent in the case.
  • As such, the jury awarded Henson $1.12 million for his injuries and damages including lost wages.
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