Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer Wins $456,745 Verdict in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

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Steven H. Schultz, a Sacramento personal injury attorney with the law firm of Demas & Rosenthal, LLP, represented a client who suffered an infection from a wrongly placed feeding tube while a patient at the UC Davis Medical Center. A verdict of $456,745 was returned for the plaintiff.

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The law firm of Demas & Rosenthal, LLP ( in Sacramento hereby announces that one of the firm’s Sacramento personal injury lawyers, Steven H. Schultz, has successfully represented a client, Ryan Garcia, in a California medical malpractice case against the Regents of the University of California and the UC Davis Medical Center, case number #06AS01199, Superior Court of Sacramento County, California. The case resulted in a verdict of $456,745 being awarded to the plaintiff.

On August 22, 2004, Ryan Garcia was admitted to the UC Davis Medical Center while in a coma after sustaining serious injuries in a California car accident. Before Mr. Garcia was set to be discharged and sent home in October of that year, he was to be fitted with a new feeding tube. However, that feeding tube was improperly placed outside the stomach. Mr. Garcia was fed through this new feeding tube five times over the next 12 hours. The feedings were sent directly into the abdominal cavity, causing Mr. Garcia to become septic.

As a result of this misplaced feeding tube, Mr. Garcia had to have surgery to wash out the infection that resulted from this error and had to remain in the hospital for an additional six weeks. Mr. Garcia claims to have experienced pain and suffering despite his comatose state and lack of memory of the specific events.

Mr. Garcia, with the help of his Sacramento personal injury lawyer, requested $400,000 in damages for pain and suffering and an additional $56,745 in compensatory damages for the costs of the additional hospitalization and treatment. The jury found for the plaintiff and awarded the damages, stating that the nurse treating Mr. Garcia failed to properly verify the tube placement before feeding the patient. No fault was found by the doctor who had incorrectly placed the tube, as that was seen as an inherent risk with the procedure.

About Demas & Rosenthal, LLP

Demas & Rosenthal, LLP, is a law firm comprised of Sacramento personal injury lawyers who have been representing injured clients in cases dealing with traffic accidents, consumer rights, defective products cases, defective drugs cases, nursing home abuse, insurance disputes and medical malpractice since 1993.


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