$3 Million Awarded in South Carolina Medical Malpractice
An Horry County, South Carolina jury awarded $3 million to a man in the death of his wife caused when she went into septic shock and died about 48 hours after being discharged from the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center emergency room. The lawsuit claimed that the hospital failed to run all the necessary tests and did not take the patient’s temperature after an initial check when she arrived in January 2002.
The patient went to the emergency room complaining of stomach and lower back pain on a Saturday and was diagnosed with a kidney stone. After four hours the doctors released her with a prescription for pain medication and a scheduled an appointment for the following Monday.
The jury determined that both the hospital and attending emergency room physician, Dr. Stephen Law, were negligent in the care of the woman, and that they did not follow the nationally recognized standards of medical care.
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