This is a bizarre case that resulted in a woman suffering permanent brain injuries. She was awarded $23 million by a jury.
When someone goes to the hospital, they expect they will come home in one piece and with all of their mental faculties. What happened in this reported case is just shocking. The woman went to her local teaching hospital in 2006 because she was suffering from unexplained, painful headaches accompanied by other odd symptoms. She was 35-years-old at the time.
Tests revealed she was suffering from a non-bleeding brain aneurysm, which a surgeon operated on, inserting coils into it. The surgery and the insertion went well, but for one major and ultimately catastrophic detail. The team operating on her punctured an artery in her brain. From that moment forward, things went very wrong as a result of many medical errors.
The woman was on a blood-thinner, and after her surgery she had signs of a stroke. A nurse, watching this behavior noted it, but kept giving her the medication. This was a negligent move, and by the time the doctors figured out what was going on, it was too late to do much to help her. Her brain was filled with blood and there was catastrophic damage that paralyzed her on one side, affected her sight and created a whole new collection of medical issues, all of which could not be reversed. In other words, her life would never be the same again, and she would need permanent, around-the-clock care.
Since her surgery, she has been in and out of the hospital numerous times for a variety of infections, is in constant pain and unable to care for her children. Her husband quit work to care for her and the children were placed with relatives. The life the woman once lived no longer existed thanks to medical malpractice of the highest order.
Do you think this is a case to cap medical malpractice damages? Think about that because this could happen to you, and if you live in a state where medical malpractice damage awards are capped, you would be hard pressed to get enough money to live out the rest of your life and get the care you need.
The nurse who kept giving the woman Heparin settled out of court for $1 million and the $23 million she was also awarded will help provide her 24/7 care. It’s a sad case and the devastation it caused will never fade. If you think you have been the victim of medical negligence, do not wait to call a Manchester medical malpractice lawyer. They are specially trained to help you get justice and an award that is fair and equitable.
Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit Donahuelawfirm.com.