In September of 2008, T. Mullings took herself to the Emergency Room of Brooklyn Hospital Center where she was diagnosed with kidney stones and prescribed pain medication for her symptoms. It was only the next day that Mullings, at home, experienced extreme pain and numbness and was prompted again to involve a medical professional. However, after calling 911 and being attended to by FDNY medics, the suffering woman was not taken to the hospital. Still in pain, the woman's fiancé rushed her to Fort Greene hospital the next day where it was determined that she had developed a sepsis infection, which had already spread throughout her body.
While being treated at the hospital, Mullings fell into a coma. Gangrene spread to her arms and legs, and when the patient awoke, she learned that her hands and feet had been amputated and her sight had been forever lost in one eye. Lawsuits were filed against the first hospital, Brooklyn Hospital Center, for the pain an unnecessary suffering inflicted on a patient who should have received a different course of treatment. Had this been the case, it can be argued that Mullings would not now be living the life of an amputee. Claiming medical malpractice, a suit was filed against the Brooklyn hospital and the injury victim has since been awarded $17.9 million in verdict settlements, $9.4 million of which will be paid by two of the hospital's doctors and the other $8.5 million to be paid by the city itself.
Under the proper care of a medical physician and/ or healthcare center, there is absolutely no reason for such damaging effects to be caused to a person. Cases that result in physical and/ or emotional suffering can be filed as medical malpractice and the injury or illness can be taken to court. Similar financial awards such as that which was received by Mullings for her pain and suffering can also be attained by others who have wrongfully suffered at the hands of any negligent healthcare provider. If you have lost a loved one who was under the care of a medical facility or if you were personally injured or made ill by a medical professional then you have every right to take legal action, and a North Carolina personal injury attorney from Lanier Law Group, P.A. can help you do so.
With more than 65 years of cumulative experience in the field of personal injury law, our team is prepared to help you take on the facility or healthcare professional responsible for the harms that were done to you. We are dedicated to helping our clients seek the compensation and recognition they deserve, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that this happens. Contact a North Carolina medical malpractice lawyer from our firm today to learn more about how we can help with your case.