Medical Malpractice

A Trenton women accepted a settlement of $1.25M from three (3) emergency room doctors who failed to properly treat and diagnose a blockage in an artery in her leg after two (2) visits to the emergency room of the Capital Regional Medical Center in Trenton, NJ.

The plaintiff had been complaining of numbness and extreme pain in her right foot on December 29, 2007 and again on Jan. 6, 2008. The plaintiff's foot was cold, discolored and by the second visit she was in extreme pain.

Instead of calling in a vascular surgeon consultation, the ER doctors told her she had a sprain and sent her home.

The plaintiff ultimately went to St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, NJ for treatment on Jan. 16, 2008. A CT Scan and follow up tests indicated a blockage in the leg artery. The following day the plaintiff's leg was amputated below the knee and she uses a prosthesis.

Medical malpractice involves claims against doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers whose treatment fall below the standard of care as mandated by the particular specialty of practice.

In this case it was alleged that the emergency room physicians failed to properly diagnose and treat an apparent artery blockage and/or call for the appropriate specialist to evaluate the plaintiff. As such, the emergency room physicians breached the standard of care when presented with the facts and circumstances of plaintiff's condition. Medical malpractice claims are a highly specialized area of the law and require extensive expertise in order to prove a case and achieve a monetary recovery.

If you believe that a health care provider has committed malpractice, seek immediate legal advice as time may be critical to the filing of a claim.