Man Wins $1.25 Million In Medical Malpractice Case
Going to the doctor for regular check-ups is a must for everyone seeking to live a long and healthy life. But what if a routine procedure caused you to contract a potentially deadly disease? This was the case for a 70-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran who went in to have a colonoscopy and ended up contracting hepatitis C.
This week a U.S. district judge awarded the man and his wife $1.25 million in their medical malpractice case. The two had sued for a combined $30 million after he contracted hepatitis C during a routine colonoscopy. An investigation revealed that more than 11,000 veterans received colonoscopies with improperly cleaned equipment between 2004 and 2009 at VA hospitals in Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia.
Attorneys for the VA believe that there is no way the man could have contracted the infection by having a colonoscopy. A board-certified doctor in internal medicine also backed the claim by testifying that there would be “less than a zero percent chance” of contracting hepatitis through a colonoscopy.
Even with this seemingly strong evidence, the judge ruled in favor of the victim stating that the man had no other risks associated with contracting the virus and that unfortunately he was that one in a “trillion or billion who do get the virus.”
For the man and his wife, bringing this case to light may help other victims who may have contracted hepatitis C from one of these VA medical centers. Having an attorney on your side in these types of situations is critical in getting the results that you want. An Ohio injury attorney will help protect your best interests and will tailor their approach based on your needs and legal concerns.