Failure to fulfill duty of care brought about rapidly declining health and undue suffering, publishes WaltonTelken.com
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(Edwardsville, Illinois)– A medical malpractice case building for more than five years was recently brought to a close in an East St. Louis federal court. Plaintiff Kevin Clanton represented by St. Louis Medical Malpractice Lawyers Stephen Telken and Troy Walton of Walton Telken, LLC Injury Attorneys was awarded $31 million in damages earlier this month. The defendant in this case was the federal government in light of its funding of the medical facility where Clanton received medical care and was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura J. Jones.
The lawsuit was built on improperly charted lab results, inadequate treatment of high blood pressure and lack of patient education, among other shortcomings. Clanton first began showing signs of kidney disease in 2011. Afterward, his health declined significantly until late December, 2012 when he was rushed to Barnes-Jewish Hospital where he was found to be in hypertensive crisis. In 2015, he underwent a kidney transplant and remains on anti-rejection medications as well as immunosuppressants.
Following testimonies from both sides, U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel determined Nurse Denise Jordan failed to supply Clanton with proper education regarding his condition and its potentially life-threatening effects. Despite insisting she had fulfilled her duty of care, Jordan was unable to bring to mind any specific treatments or care instructions she had provided Clanton or identify him in the courtroom during the trial. Judge Rosenstengel described Jordan’s testimony as “simply not believable” and ruled in favor of the plaintiff.
Med Mal Lawyer St. Louis, Troy Walton affirmed, “Medical personnel are held to the highest standards of education and practice; unfortunately, negligence, misdiagnoses, and oversights result in serious injury or death all too often. This was certainly true in Mr. Clanton’s case, and we’re proud to have done our part to ensure he received fair compensation for the avoidable mistakes made over the course of his treatment.”
Studies conducted by a research team at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicate medical errors may be responsible for more than 250,000 deaths each year, many of which are the result of prolonged suffering caused by improper or inadequate care. Authorities point out the majority of these incidents are avoidable and can be chalked up to negligence. As a team of Medical Malpractice Attorneys St. Louis victims depend on for representation, the legal team at Walton Telken has seen the effects of these mistakes firsthand.
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With considerable experience in the full range of personal injury cases, including personal and workplace injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and class action litigation, the attorneys at Walton Telken, LLC strives to provide effective representation and achieve results for their clients.
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