Male involved in a medical malpractice suit sustained injuries of severe abdominal pain and fever. The nurse's failure to timely inform the physician of the man's telephone call reporting severe abdominal pain delayed administration of antibiotics following colonoscopy for approximately 18 hours.
Award Reason :
Jury awarded $125,000 in general damages and noted the nurse's negligence of informing the doctor or telling the patient to return to the hospital immediately delayed the antibiotics for 18 hours and he could have avoided the colostomy. Appellate court agreed with the jury's award.