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A Riverside County Superior Court jury has found a California neurosurgeon liable for $16.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after he ignored a spinal injury patient for days on end, which left the man permanently paralyzed.

California medical malpractice

This California medical malpractice lawsuit involves unimaginable behavior. According to news reports, Trent Hughes was operating an off road vehicle in 2003 when he had an accident and was airlifted to the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California for treatment.

Although he and his family were likely very relieved to be in a hospital, what happened next was unimaginable. Doctor Christopher Pham was assigned to Hughes’s case, but didn’t examine him until the next day, even though he knew Hughes had been airlifted to the hospital with serious spinal injuries.

Once the doctor finally examined Hughes, he concluded that surgery was necessary. However, the doctor again did not think time was of the essence and waited two full days to operate. Unfortunately, his lack of urgency resulted in Hughes becoming a paraplegic. With the assistance of an experienced Riverside County California medical malpractice lawyer, he filed a med mal lawsuit against Pham and was awarded $16.5 million for the doctor’s negligent behavior.

Do you have a medical malpractice lawsuit?

You may have a medical malpractice lawsuit when:

  1. A doctor or other health care provider had a duty to treat you
  2. They breached that duty by either not treating you or treated you incorrectly
  3. Their actions, or lack of actions, were the proximate cause of your injuries
  4. You suffered damages based on those actions or inactions

Discuss your situation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in your state. Although every state’s requirements to file a lawsuit are different, each has at least one thing in common – a statute of limitations for which you must file a lawsuit or be forever barred from doing so.