Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2018 - A federal jury awarded a Massachusetts man $18.4 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit when a clinic did not test him for HIV.
The plaintiff, a gay man, was already at a high risk for exposure to HIV, but as a former paramedic, the risks were even greater. Paramedics are routinely exposed to bodily fluids such as blood.
According to court documents, the man went to a local hospital in 2007 after experiencing facial paralysis. He had agreed to be tested for HIV when an intern told him his symptoms were consistent with an HIV infection. Yet, despite signing the consent forms, the neurologist felt the man was at no risk of HIV and cancelled the test. The patient was not informed of this decision.
A month later, the man was told his tests showed no problems. At that time, he believed those results included an HIV test. Another physician detected HIV three years later. By then, he had AIDS, which caused cognitive impairment and brain damage. He sued the hospital and doctors who had initially cared for him. A jury found the defendant’s negligence was the direct cause of plaintiff’s injuries.
Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are often the most common issues cited in medical malpractice lawsuits. “To file a medical malpractice lawsuit it is important to consult with an experienced attorney,” said Litigation Funding Corporation representative, Daren Monroe. “Once a lawsuit has been filed, if you cannot financially handle a long litigation process, you may wish to apply for a ‘lawsuit loan,’” he added.
A lawsuit loan, or pre-settlement funding, is a cash advance to help cover living and other urgent expenses while waiting for the lawsuit to be resolved. “If you have attorney representation, a strong case, and solid documentation, you are already eligible for lawsuit funding,” explained Monroe. The application process is quick and easy; there is no need for a credit check or employment verification. Funding can be available in less than 48 hours.
Litigation funding may not be the ideal solution for everyone, but it is worth considering for a plaintiff that may be struggling financially. “Contact Litigation Funding Corporation to see if it is right for you and your case,” added Monroe.
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