April 7, 2012

$22 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict For Woman Paralyzed From Unnecessary Medical Procedure

by Levin & Perconti

It appears that justice has been served for a woman who recently won a $22 million jury verdict after she lost the use of her arms and legs during an unnecessary medical procedure. The award is one of the largest verdicts ever handed down in this country, and represents a growing need for Illinois medical malpractice claims.

According to a news report by the Associated Press, doctors at the defendant medical foundation ordered an angiogram to investigate an abnormal vein in the brain of a woman seeking treatment for migraine headaches. According to court documents, however, the vein had nothing to do with the migraines and the procedure was unnecessary.

When the dye for the angiogram was injected into the blood vessels in the woman’s brain, her blood vessels spasmed and hemorrhaged, and the woman fell into a coma. When she awoke from the coma almost two weeks later, she was quadriplegic.

Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits arise when people are injured by careless or intentional acts on the part of a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other healthcare provider. Healthcare professionals owe a duty of care to their patients, and when that duty is breached – such as in situations where the provider provides unnecessary and dangerous treatment – the failure is said to be a "tort," or civil wrong, which can provide the basis for a lawsuit. As a result, the healthcare professional or institution may be made to pay damages to put the injured person back in the position he or she was in prior to being injured.

Medical tests are indispensable, and have the ability to reveal important information about a person’s health. On the other hand, Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits may arise when unnecessary procedures are undertaken and a patient is injured as a result.

The jury found that the hospital’s "negligence was a substantial factor in causing harm” to the woman. The Associated Press reported that, prior to her injury the woman worked as a property manager for her family's business, but now the woman is now confined to a wheelchair and requires around-the-clock care.

Medical malpractice cases are traumatizing and emotionally and physically difficult for victims and their families. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have handled a number of Illinois medical malpractice cases, including having won a record high $14 million verdict against a doctor and hospital for not following and ignoring abnormal chest X-ray results, which caused a substantial delay in the diagnosis of lung cancer, and a $7.62 million verdict against an HMO doctor who disregarded the mother's complaints of postpartum bleeding, which resulted in her bleeding to death.

If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of negligence on the part of a healthcare provider, contact an attorney immediately to better understand your rights under the law.