Untreated Infection Leads to Hip Replacement

October 30, 2014 | Product Liability

If one doctor had checked on the results of medical tests, the plaintiff in this case would not have ended up with a permanently painful hip condition.

According to court documents filed by a 52-year-old New York man, the injection he received before an MRI he had in late September 2010 sparked a serious hip infection. By the end of the month, he checked back into hospital with unrelenting pain. A culture revealed a serious bacterial infection.

The plaintiff, a construction worker, met with an orthopedic surgeon who sent him home without any further treatment, despite lab results indicating a virulent bacterial infection needing immediate treatment. Two days later, the man had to be rushed back to the hospital, where doctors discovered that the untreated infection had damaged his hip badly enough that he required a hip replacement. 

He was no longer able to work at his job, and his other previously enjoyed activities were limited.

The man chose to file a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking compensation for his injuries and asking the court to hold the surgeon who did not treat his infection responsible for his unnecessary hip replacement surgery. The jury found for the plaintiff, awarding him $2.3 million.

Before the award, the plaintiff may have been in a difficult situation financially, as he was no longer able to work in construction. Even with savings on hand, he would not have been able to pay the medical bills amassed as a result of his hospital visits and surgery. One solution that may have assisted him in dealing confidently with his financial obligations would have been to fill out an online application form for litigation funding.

Litigation funding, also called pre-settlement funding, offers plaintiffs cash that arrives in less than 48 hours. The amount the applicant receives is usually predicated based on what the attorney of record suggests that a jury may award. 

The plaintiff can also call and apply for a lawsuit loan. All that is required is the name of the plaintiff’s lawyer and the case details. Once the application has been approved, funds are transferred expeditiously to help the plaintiff deal with all expenses and to give him or her the peace of ignoring insurance companies wanting a quick, fast and cheap settlement.

Daren Monroe writes for Litigation Funding Corp. To learn more about lawsuit funding, visit http://www.litigationfundingcorp.com/.

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