The plaintiff, a 50-year-old female, sustained a fracture to the tip of her left ring finger requiring removal of the nail and suturing of the nail bed. Following the procedure, the defendant wrapped the plaintiff’s finger, placed a splint, and discharged her. The plaintiff presented for her follow-up appointment at which time the dressing and splint were removed. The plaintiff’s finger was ischemic. Although the plaintiff did not lose her finger, she required extensive treatment which included home nursing services and physical therapy, as well as constant monitoring by a hand surgeon for more than one year. The plaintiff was ultimately left with circular scar tissue above the knuckle which prevented any hope of repairing the injury with surgery. The plaintiff remains unable to straighten her finger and is left with permanent disfigurement. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant breached the standard of care when he wrapped the plaintiff’s finger in a way that failed to allow sufficient room for swelling. The plaintiff further alleged that the defendants breached the standard of care when they failed to schedule a follow-up visit within forty-eight hours. The plaintiff alleged that as a result of breaches of the standard of care, the plaintiff sustained a permanent disfiguring injury to her left ring finger. The defendants denied that they breached the standard of care and alleged that the plaintiff should have returned to the hospital when she noticed increased pain. The case was mediated near the close of discovery and successfully resolved.
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