A six-person jury in Providence, Rhode Island awarded a former truck driver $4 million, agreeing with Plaintiff’s lawsuit claiming medical malpractice by his orthopedic surgeon caused him injury. The award was $1.5 million for physical pain, $1.5 million for mental suffering, $500,000 for disfigurement, and $500,000 for lost wages, according to Plaintiff’s Rhode Island medical malpractice lawyer.
Plaintiff worked as a truck driver for The Providence Journal for nearly twenty years when he began experiencing intense pain in his arm in 1999. His doctor operated to improve his movement, and in the process removed a benign tumor. But Plaintiff shortly began having problems with his hand, changing color, temperature, and sweating. Another doctor diagnosed him as having Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, a chronic neurological disorder that causes severe pain. During the operation to resolve that condition, the subsequent doctor found that another nerve had been sliced. According to his lawyer, Plaintiff’s hand has been in a claw ever since and he has nonstop pain to this day.
You can read more about the Rhode Island medical malpractice verdict here.