In April 2004, Randy Green of Marion was involved in a serious auto accident. Although the accident did not take his life, it easily could have. Green suffered severe injuries as a result of the crash, including severed arteries in his forearm and a knee injury. Upon Green’s arrival at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, he would need surgery to stop the bleeding from his arm. Surgeon Wayne Bauerle was assigned to do the surgery on Green. While Green was being prepared for surgery, Bauerle ordered that his knee have a CAT scan. The CAT scan caused Green’s surgery to be delayed 30 minutes. Little did he know that his family would need to hire a South Carolina negligence lawyer to assist them in the future.
When the surgeon ordered the CAT scan, he failed to take notice that Green’s vital signs were unstable. Green’s unstable vitals during the 30 minute wait caused him to suffer cardiac arrest and respiratory arrest. Luckily, Green was stabilized by an emergency room doctor and an anesthesiologist. In addition, part of Green’s spinal cord was damaged and caused him to be permanently paralyzed from the waist down.
Following the incident, the Greens filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon and against Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. One of the Greens’ South Carolina negligence lawyers stated that his client’s blood pressure and pulse were ‘0’ following the cardiac arrest and that he was without blood flow to his body for a time exceeding 8 minutes.
During the trial, testimony was heard from numerous doctors from Harvard Medical School, Charleston and Connecticut. All doctors indicated that interrupting treatment to a patient in such an unstable condition is negligent. Even doctors who were testifying on behalf of the surgeon felt that the patient should not have been ordered to have a CAT scan prior to surgery with vital signs that low. The jury sided with the Greens in this matter, awarding Mr. Green $2.3 million in addition to awarding his wife and sole care provider $550,000. The Green’s settlement with Grand Strand Regional Medical Center is confidential.
Following an injury or the wrongful death of a family member, meeting with a good South Carolina lawyer will tell you that it is best to act quickly so that you are able to protect your rights. The lawyer will also review the injuries related to the death, along with medical bills and records.
Following your free consultation, should the attorney find that your case has merit, work will begin immediately on your case so that you may receive the compensation and justice that is deserved for your injury or loss. The attorney will also fully investigate the accident, visit the scene of the accident and interview witnesses for your case.
If you or someone you know would like to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you will need to speak with a good wrongful death lawyer in your area. Call an experienced Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer at The Mace Firm to schedule your free consultation. One of The Mace Firm’s Myrtle Beach personal injury attorneys is ready to speak with you about your case.