Holtzclaw v. Ochsner Clinic P.C.

Summary

Holtzclaw v. Ochsner Clinic P.C., 831 So.2d 495 (5th Circuit) , LA ,   2002,   Report Type: N/A

Appellate Panel :

N/A

Trial Type :

jury

Trial Judge :

N/A

Trial Court :

24th Judicial District

Plaintiff's Lawyer :

N/A

Defendant's Lawyer :

N/A

Injuries

severe abdominal pain; colonoscopy; surgery, colostomy; bowel blockages; 3 required hospitalizations

Tissue :

soft Tissue

Did Plaintiff Have Surgery? :

yes

Treatment Length :

< 6 Months

Pre-existing Conditions :

soft Tissue

Award change on appeal:

unchanged

Damages

General Damages :

$125,000

Past Medicals :

$0

Future Medicals :

$0

Past wages :

$0

Future wages :

$0

Loss of Consortium :

$0

Other Damages :

$0

Total :

$125,000

Case Details

Suit Reason :

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.