- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A King County jury has awarded $1.58 million to a Port Angeles carpenter whose hand and arm was injured in 2011 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/EJAjJK ) 56-year-old John Pluard lost the use of his left hand after a medical resident allegedly failed to recognize and treat a serious complication.

Officials with the University of Washington, which operates Harborview, disputed the jury decision.

Pluard was airlifted to Harborview from the Olympic Peninsula after falling 16 feet from a scaffold.

On his second night at the hospital, he developed a complication that let to permanent damage to muscles and nerves.

Trial evidence showed that a first-year orthopedic resident, Dr. Courtney O’ Donnell, working the overnight shift, did not respond when Pluard’s wife, Lisa, reported he had significantly increased pain, a key symptom of the problem.


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