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Man awarded millions for hospital's negligence

Maryland doctors who are negligent may be liable for any injuries or illnesses that occur as a result of their negligence. In general, the more severe the injury or illness, the higher the payout can be for the victim of the medical negligence and his or her family. One man recovered $7.9 million in damages after suing a hospital for its negligent care of his back injury.

The man reported to a local urgent care facility, owned by the hospital, for treatment after injuring his back while moving freight at work in 2014. He claimed that hospital employees failed to recognize his symptoms and required him to move his body so they could run several tests. The man says that these movements caused him to become paralyzed from the waist down.

The man had initially suffered a T10 and T11 spinal cord disruption, which resulted in compression on his spinal cord that caused his paraplegia. According to the man's lawyers, the staffers had multiple opportunities over the course of several hours to stop him from moving around and take him to the hospital, but failed to do so.

The hospital argued that the man should not have visited the urgent care facility, but rather an emergency room. However, the jury found the urgent care facility was in fact negligent and awarded the man damages.

As a patient, you are entitled to competent care. If you were harmed as a result of a doctor's negligence, consider filing a lawsuit against the doctor and hospital. By filing a claim, you can help hold medical professionals accountable for the care they offer patients, as well as recover damages to cover your own expenses. Many victims of medical malpractice recover damages for their past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, and other costs. No amount can make up for the suffering you have endured, but it can help make life easier for you and your family as you begin to cope with what happened.

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