In 2010, a 40-year-old man was extradited back to the U.S. from Dubai to stand trial for supporting al-Qaida. According to the man, he suffered from a burning pain in his calf after the 16-hour flight back to the U.S. He was shackled and handcuffed for the trip.
The man’s medical malpractice lawsuit was filed in 2013 against the U.S. government. He sought $7 million in compensation for the alleged slow or inefficient treatment of his medical condition after he was arrested. The man’s lawsuit alleged that his deep vein thrombosis was made worse by the doctors who have treated him for five years. This, he alleged, was because the quality of care and slow treatment.
The judge ruled that the man’s deep thrombosis would not have been the cause of his injuries even if the treatment was delayed. He also said that the doctors’ breach of duty was not proven and that he didn’t see where the man was physically suffering during the trial.
This case took place in Connecticut’s neighboring state of New York, but it shows how complex medical malpractice cases can be. Even though the man is in custody in a federal prison, he still has the right to file a claim for medical malpractice if he believes such negligence occurred.
If you have suffered needlessly due to a doctor’s negligent actions, or you have lost a loved one to the same, you also have a right to seek compensation. An attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice cases and has the resources to prove to the court how your injuries or your loved one’s death occurred can help you learn more about filing a civil suit.
Source: ctpost.com, “In terror case, judge rejects inmate’s mistreatment claims,” Larry Neumeister, AP, Feb. 11, 2016