Compensation for man paralyzed due to missed diagnosis Wisconsin lawsuit nets $835K settlement amount
How long do I have to sue for a paralysis injury due to a missed diagnosis in Wisconsin?
In Wisconsin, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit is three years from the date of the accident. This means unless you file a legal claim for your injury within 3 years, your case will not be heard by a court and you will have no recourse for the damages you have incurred. As long as your case is filed with the court within 3 years of your injury, you can pursue the case regardless of long it takes. Warshakfsky won an $835,000 settlement for a paralysis injury due to a missed diagnosis.
Doctor failed to accurately diagnose problem in time
After having a stroke, Duane spent some time in a Milwaukee rehabilitation hospital. On the day of his release, he was excited to finally be going home, despite a nagging pain in his shoulder. The pain only got worse throughout the day, and by evening it was bad enough to have his wife Anne Marie take him to the Emergency Room to have it checked out. The doctor on call thought Duane must have just strained a muscle during a physical therapy session he had earlier in the day and sent him home with some pain relievers.
All that night, the pain persisted and Duane couldn’t sleep. In the morning, Anne Marie called the internal medicine specialist she had lined up to care for Duane after his release from the rehabilitation hospital. The doctor arranged to have Duane admitted to Sheboygan's St. Nicholas hospital that day, where he could be monitored. Unfortunately, his condition worsened. By the time Duane was diagnosed with internal bleeding, it had caused a spinal injury which left him paralyzed.
On behalf of Duane and his wife, our Milwaukee personal injury attorneys filed a malpractice lawsuit against the physician treating Duane. At issue in this case was our contention the doctor failed to accurately diagnose the internal bleeding which led to Duane’s paralysis. If the physician, an internal medicine specialist, had correctly diagnosed the bleeding and treated it just a day earlier, it’s likely Duane would not be spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Our Milwaukee personal injury attorneys see all kinds of serious injuries. Among the most disturbing are the paralysis cases. To see a formerly active person reduced to a life of immobility and constant dependency on others for even the simplest of personal care is heartbreaking.
The level of care required for cases like Duane’s is, to put it mildly, extraordinary. And just as expensive, too. So, when we represent people like Duane, it is most definitely about the money. Without adequate compensation for his injury, Duane and his wife would be bankrupt in no time and Duane would likely live out his life as a ward of the state in an institution.
Milwaukee personal injury attorneys win $835,000 judgment
Fortunately for Duane and his wife Anne Marie, they had Warshafsky Law on their side. After our personal injury attorneys rested their case, the jury came back with a verdict decisively in favor of Duane—and a huge $835,000 judgment. All the more impressive when one considers this amounts to nearly $1.3 million in today’s dollars. The judgment included $138,000 for past pain and suffering, $85k for future suffering, pain and disability, $400k for future medical and healthcare expenses; and a little over $100k for past medical and healthcare expenses. Additionally, Duane’s wife Anne Marie was awarded $95k for past nursing care, $20k for past loss of companionship and $20k for future loss of companionship.
Our case files are full of similar outcomes. Often, the judgments made in cases are so high as to send a message to entire industries that society will not stand by and let their carelessness and recklessness go unpunished. You can find examples of such cases in the Society Changing Judgments pages of our website.
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When people choose their Wisconsin personal injury lawyer based on the endorsement of a football player or actor, they risk choosing an attorney who has never won more money in a courtroom. Settlement mills forward your paperwork and take a cut of your damages. Hundreds of times we have prepared cases like yours beyond the brink of trial. Facing unlimited liability AND an expensive jury trial, insurance companies fess up what your case is worth. They HATE when you choose Warshafsky.
If you have been injured due to the carelessness or negligence of others, whether medical personnel or others, we encourage you to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with our Milwaukee personal injury attorneys. We can advise as to whether you have legal grounds for a lawsuit, how much you might reasonably expect to get in compensation, and how the entire process works.
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