$950,000 Confidential Settlement for Failure to Diagnose Compartment Syndrome

The firm secured a $950,000 settlement on behalf of a 39-year-old gentleman who tripped and fell on his right elbow. He then went to the ER of his local hospital where the ER doctor noted a swollen, tender right elbow with no neurovascular deficits. X-rays revealed a right elbow dislocation which the ER doctor reduced. The next morning, the young man was asked to return to the ER as the over-read of the prior day’s X-rays indicated the shoulder was not properly aligned. His elbow was immobilized and placed in a sling. At a routine physical exam the following day, it was noted that the firm’s client had no pulse in his right wrist. Following a diagnosis of compartment syndrome, the gentleman underwent several operative procedures and has difficulties using his right arm.