Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or any medical worker, including a nurse, fails to provide a reasonable standard of care to a patient. In this video, attorney Kathy McArthur explains an example of a medical malpractice case our firm handled involving both a doctor and a nurse. This case, which involved the wrongful death of a teenager, returned a favorable verdict and instituted new medical practices in Georgia to ensure that no similar tragedies occur due to medical negligence.
We had a case to come into office a number of years ago, that involved a 15-year-old girl who had regular allergy shots. I mean once a week, she went in to have her allergy shots, and she’d been doing that for a number of years. This particular day she had a babysitting job that she was planning to go to immediately following the shot. She was not sick. Her father was a minister. He dropped her off at the doctor’s office. Because there was something they did every week. Dropped her off. When he came back, he found out that his daughter had had a reaction, called an anaphylactic reaction, where her throat had swelled shut after the shot. And the LPN who was the only person there in the office, who’s not a physician, she’s not even an RN, but she had failed to give a shot of epinephrine. So, the result of that was that even though an ambulance was called, she ended up suffocating and died as a result of being given an allergy shot. We ended up trying that case to a full jury verdict. We sued the doctor who was away at a funeral in California and the LPN who gave the shot, who failed to give the epinephrine when the anaphylactic reaction occurred. We got a large verdict, several million dollars. It was very fulfilling, if there can be anything fulfilling in that situation. But the family felt that they had been heard. But the larger effect of it was that it changed how medicine is practiced in Macon, Georgia and other surrounding areas. As far as, there is no allergy shot given in this community without a physician being on the premises. Ready, available and there to deal with it if there’s an anaphylactic reaction. So, medical malpractice cases really change medicine. And how it’s practiced at the McArthur Law Firm, our job is to fight for you. To make sure you get justice and reasonable compensation for your injuries. To get in touch with us, call 1-888-WE-FIGHT, or go to our website www.McArthurLawFirm.com.