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Wisconsin and medical malpractice

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Medical Malpractice is one of the top three leading causes of death in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. There is a reason that the state of Wisconsin does not have the malpractice lawsuit statistic to match this leading cause of death. Wisconsin has strict laws regarding who is actually eligible to file a lawsuit after a malpractice death or injury. According to Wisconsin law, only the spouse, or minor child of the deceased is allowed to file a lawsuit on medical malpractice, which excludes a large party of people who do not fit those categories.

Knowing the rare nature of winning medical malpractices in Wisconsin, there have been two recent wins for these suits, which is astounding. The first win comes from Deshawn Gray who checked into the Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in 2012 at age 28, for a fractured knee after a motorcycle accident. Shortly after the surgery to repair Gray’s knee, he developed acute compartment syndrome, which means his tissue and muscles were swelling to the point that it cut off the blood supply, which caused the nerves to die, and for Gray to lose his leg.

Wisconsin has medical malpractice caps on rewards. Gray should have won $1.5 million to compensate for medical bills, pain and suffering, the loss of companionship of his 7-year-old son, and any future medical bills. However, in order to ensure he receives something, Gray agreed to get the $750,000, in order to not get the whole reward taken away.

Wisconsin law strikes again as Colleen Daniels dies due to medical malpractice, and no one can sue for her. Colleen came to the hospital in 2011 after a car accident, and as the doctors shoved a breathing tube down her throat, down the wrong pipe into her stomach, as she suffered and paramedics tried to take the tube out, and the doctor would not let them. Unfortunately for Daniels, she was divorced, and her kids were 18 and older, so the state of Wisconsin, would not let anyone sue on her behalf for medical malpractice.

To get around Wisconsin’s strict law, Daniels attorney opted for a pain and suffering suit on behalf of the estate, which let the case be settled outside of court. The doctor’s medical license was suspended, and the Daniels family received “low six figures” in compensation, mostly from the doctor’s insurance.  

With harsh laws facing the victims of medical malpractice in Wisconsin, it is important to know if you can file a lawsuit, and to a hire a lawyer to either help you get around these laws or help you win the compensation you deserve if you qualify. There are many things you can receive compensation for, including medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation/therapy costs, costs of missed work, and pain and suffering. Hiring a lawyer is the first step if you or a loved one has fallen victim to medical malpractice. There is no reason you should suffer financially as well as physically and emotionally.

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