$22 million awarded in medical malpractice lawsuit

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Apr 02, 2012 in Doctor Errors

Millions of Americans suffer from the debilitating effects of migraine headaches. In an attempt to ease their suffering, some seek medical advice. While many doctors will prescribe medication to control migraines, others chose to take more extreme and dangerous measures.

One middle-aged woman was recently awarded a settlement of $22 million dollars after a jury determined doctor negligence was responsible for her extreme injury. The woman sought medical advice to find relief from migraine headaches. Her doctor saw what he believed to be an abnormal vein in the woman's brain and ordered an angiogram, which was later deemed an unnecessary procedure, and the woman lapsed into a coma.

Upon waking two weeks later, the woman was paralyzed and classified as a quadriplegic. The woman sued both the doctor and the medical facility where he was employed. The medical facility settled out of court and a jury awarded the woman $22 million dollars for negligence, suffering and past and future financial losses.

The woman, who was married prior to the injury, is now a divorced single mother of two. She must rely on constant medical care and is only able to move around with the assistance of a wheelchair. Likewise, the injury affected her speech which is now slow and labored. Essentially, her life has forever been altered due to the negligent acts of one doctor.

This case provides some hope for those in West Virginia who have suffered as a result of the negligent actions of a doctor, nurse or medical facility. While nothing can restore this woman's physical capacity, she will have the ability to financially provide for herself and her two children.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Menlo Park woman receives $22 million medical malpractice verdict," Jason Green, Mar. 21. 2012

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