Posted: November 13, 2013

A Myrtle Beach man who was paralyzed due to medical negligence was awarded $2.85 million by a South Carolina jury, according to a news report. His wife also received a judgment of $500,000 and is the sole caregiver for Randy Green, who has been paralyzed below the waist since the incident.

On April 17, 2004, Green was rushed to Grand Stand Medical Regional Center after being involved in a traffic collision that severed arties in his forearm. While being prepped for emergency surgery, Green’s surgeon ordered a CAT scan for his knee, which was also injured in the crash. At the time Green’s blood pressure was 72/ 56 and a 30-minute delay due to additional testing caused him to suffer cardiac and respiratory arrest. Emergency room personnel were able to revive him but the lack of blood flow caused  permanent paralysis below his waist.

The suit was brought against the surgeon in charge of Green’s care as well as the Grand Stand Medical Regional Center, in which the case settled out of court. At the trial, several prestigious medical experts acknowledged that Greens blood pressure at the time was a direct indication that he was on the verge of suffering cardiac arrest. Read more about medical malpractice lawsuits.