A man was injured in a car accident, had surgery to fix a broken leg, and wound up blind. He sued the doctors that treated him for medical malpractice and the juror found one of the doctors liable. They awarded the man $1.75 Million.
Initial news reports of the verdict in the Union Leader and the Associated Press quoted Hinz’s lawyer, Suzanne McDonough of Boston, saying Hinz’s leg surgery could have waited until after his more serious blood loss was treated.
A statement was issued Friday by Rice and David Gould of Boston, who represented Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital.
“Our clients provided excellent care to the plaintiff after his motor vehicle accident, and we are therefore disappointed at the jury’s verdict against the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and Dr. Leefmans,” the statement said.
The plantiff’s attorney argued that her client should have been given blood before doing surgery on his leg. The doctor is already planning to appeal the verdict. Two other doctors were found not liable.