Ten Years Later Jake Gets Justice

Jake Tinman is now 10 years old and he and his parents have finally settled their medical negligence lawsuit.

The $22.3 million verdict followed many long years of legal wrangling in a contentious medical negligence case. It started in 1999; Jake was born with a congenital heart defect needing a shunt. After surgery, he was sent home with his mom and dad to recuperate. Barely two weeks later, Jake was back in the emergency room at the hospital where he was born, waiting for someone to do something.

A series of delays in the emergency room and additional acts of negligent care led to serious and permanent consequences. Because of the improper care, Jake’s left leg had to be amputated. The lawsuit alleged that the leg had been improperly dressed at the time of his shunt operation. On top of these complications, delayed treatment and a cardiac cath procedure ultimately led to developmental delays and cognitive deficiencies.

In almost ten years of contested litigation, many additional issues came to light, including the fact that the hospital destroyed an echocardiogram relevant to this case. After a contentious trial, the jury found in favor of the plaintiff, indicating that the hospital and staff were negligent because they failed to make timely diagnosis of Jake’s problem with his shunt; subjected him to an unnecessary cardiac catheterization; failed to properly monitor his pulse; improperly applied a pressure dressing to Jake’s left leg and failed to remove the dressing in a timely manner.

After ten long years, justice has finally been served for the Tinman family, but in those many years waiting for that justice, the family has amassed enormous medical bills, expenses for ongoing treatment for Jake, therapy expenses, household expenses, and the usual kind of expenses for a young growing boy. The bills didn’t stop coming because the case was in litigation.

In circumstances like this, the Tinmans could have sought lawsuit funding from a reputable provider of that valuable service. Had they applied and been approved, they would have had an easier time dealing with necessary everyday expenditures, been able to concentrate on Jake and the litigation, without the overwhelming concern about how the bills were going to get paid.

Bad things happen to good people; medical neglect cases happen all too often. But the financial devastation that often accompanies these situations can be prevented or eased. In many cases a simple phone call will result in financial help. Do online research about litigation funding. Choose a company with the appropriate legal and legal funding experience to assist you. Most caring companies will be happy to provide free phone advice. You may find you qualify for a cash advance against your personal injury case while you wait for the matter to be settled in court.

Lawsuit funding may be used to pay important bills such as car payments, mortgage payments, tuition, food and medical bills. Find a reputable lawsuit funding company that provides the financial assistance necessary to permit you to wait for a fair and equitable verdict in your personal injury case.

Daren Monroe writes for Litigation Funding Corp. To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

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