Ohio University was sued in the Ohio Court of Claims by one of its former students, who was afflicted with flesh-eating bacteria and had to undergo an amputation. According to the medical malpractice lawsuit, the student was misdiagnosed at Ohio University’s Hudson Health Center in 2007, leading to the loss of her shoulder and right arm.
The student also filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, but it was dismissed. She then appealed to the 10th District Court of Appeals, and also proceeded to file a case against the Ohio Court of Claims. She challenged the constitutionality of a specific Ohio law which establishes a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages in cases brought against universities in the Ohio Court of Claims.
The $250,000 settlement was approved on Friday by Judge Patrick McGrath. However, according to the settlement agreement, OU is not admitting liability. The majority of the settlement will be covered by insurance, but OU will still pay a $25,000 deductible.
Misdiagnosis is a common medical mistake that can have devastating consequences. When doctors and other healthcare professionals fail to adhere to the accepted standard of medical care and cause serious injury to a patient, they can and should be held accountable through a medical malpractice case.
If you or one of your loved ones has suffered an injury or illness because of medical negligence, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. today or call (614) 766-2000 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced Ohio medical malpractice attorneys. We represent injured victims throughout Columbus, Dublin, New Albany, and all of Ohio.