An Indiana man was recently awarded $4.25 million in damages in a medical malpractice case that began over 10 years ago, when he was paralyzed below the waist due to medical professionals’ failure to diagnose and treat an infection.
The victim in this case, Robert Lehman, sought treatment at the Dunlap Urgent Care Center in 2005, after sustaining a workplace injury. During his initial visit, Lehman was given a shot, written a prescription, and told he could resume work. When his condition became more severe, he returned to the clinic, at which time he was examined by Dr. Jay Schlabach, prescribed additional pain medication, and sent back to work again.
Lehman developed further complications and was eventually admitted to the emergency room at IU Health Goshen Hospital. Upon examination, he was diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome, a serious neurologic condition involving excessive pressure on the spinal nerve roots. It is essential to recognize and treat this condition immediately, as it can cause incontinence and/or permanent paralysis of the legs if left untreated.
Tragically, in the case of Mr. Lehman, negligent medical professionals allowed Cauda Equina Syndrome to perpetuate, which resulted in catastrophic injury. Now, he is paralyzed from the waist down. In the recent ruling, Presiding Judge Terry Shewmaker ordered the clinic and the doctor to pay $4.25 million to Lehman. They were also ordered to pay $450,000 to Lehman’s wife, Marla Lehman, whom he said “suffered her own damages for the loss of her companionship and consortium of her husband.”
In medical malpractice cases like this one, the total compensation awarded may account for a host of variables, including past medical expenses, rehabilitative treatment, necessary future accommodations, life-long medical care, loss of income due to inability to work, and pain and suffering. Interestingly, the emotional and financial burden placed on the victim’s wife was also considered before the verdict was rendered.
At Fronzuto Law Group, our skilled New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys utilize evidence-based strategies to achieve maximum compensation for victims who are injured as a result of medical negligence in New Jersey and New York. To discuss your potential claim with one of our highly knowledgeable lawyers today, contact us at 973-587-6880 for a cost-free initial consultation.
For additional information pertaining to this case, access the following article: Goshen couple wins $4.25 million in medical malpractice case