Plaintiff Wins $2.3 Million in NY Hospital Malpractice Suit

Ava Lawson | August 12th, 2014

New York hospital malpractice lawsuitAfter a three-week trial, jurors in Rockland County found Nyack Hospital’s Dr. Jason Fond liable for medical malpractice. The panel rendered a $2.3 million verdict to 52-year-old John Antonucci, who suffered permanent injuries from an untreated bacterial infection while under the treatment of Nyack’s head of orthopedic surgery.

According to the plaintiff’s New York hospital malpractice lawsuit, he had an MRI performed at Hudson Valley Radiology Associates and while at the clinic, was given an injection that is now thought to have been contaminated. Just a few days later, the claimant presented at Nyack Hospital, where he had a culture test done. Then on October 1, 2010 – just two days later – he saw Dr. Fond and was discharged after a 25-minute long appointment.  Antonucci was released, argued his attorney, despite the fact the defendant had access to culture results that showed the plaintiff had a serious bacterial infection, which needed emergent treatment.

Untreated bacterial infection caused irreparable damage

According to allegations leveled in the complaint, Antonucci was taken back to Nyack Hospital two days later, but the damage had already been done. The bacterial infection had progressed and worsened, seriously damaging his hip. As a result, the Valley Cottage resident was forced to undergo a hip replacement surgery twelve weeks later.

“He is disabled from his work in construction and he is limited in almost all the activities he used to enjoy before,” said the plaintiff’s medical malpractice lawyer, who added that his client was the type of man “everybody wanted to hang around with, and now he’s not.”

Antonucci’s attorney told LoHud Journal News, “Doctors shouldn’t take needless risks that endanger their patients by prematurely discharging them…Patient safety requires that there be a follow-up on test results, especially when a misdiagnosis is likely to result in substantial injury.”

The defendant’s legal counsel did not return calls asking for a comment.

Bacterial infections, when left untreated by specific antibiotics, can wreak havoc on the body, in some cases leading to osteomyelitis – an infection inside of the bone. Those with osteomyeltis face risk of sepsis and, in some cases, bone death. Oral antibiotics are generally prescribed for at least 4 to 6 weeks, and surgery may be necessary when irreparable damage to the bone has occurred, which likely happened in this case.

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