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Medical malpractice lawsuit results in $44.1 million award

People require medical treatment for a variety of different reasons. Despite this, most patients likely hope for the same outcome -- that the treatment they receive will allow them to lead a happy, healthier life. Unfortunately, many in Wisconsin who are victims of medical malpractice have found that mistakes made by medical professionals can often have devastating consequences. Such appears to be the case for an out-of-state woman who recently won a lawsuit accusing a hospital and doctor of negligence.

Reports indicate that the woman was treated by the plaintiffs because she was suffering from a benign tumor located on the tissue that covers her brain. Following the procedure, she was prescribed an anticoagulant, heparin. Unfortunately, she experienced a reaction to the medicine, which, reportedly, the plaintiffs failed to recognize.

The reaction left the woman suffering from paralysis. A jury recently ruled that both the hospital and attending doctor are liable for her injuries and awarded her $44.1 million. The hospital has since released a statement expressing their disappointment in the ruling and announcing their intention to appeal.

Making a mistake in a person's professional life can have serious harm. Unfortunately, when medical professionals make mistakes, the lives of their patients can be put at great risk. This woman will likely require extensive medical treatment and long-term care due to the injuries she suffered as a result of medical malpractice. A monetary award can help such victims ensure that they receive the treatment they will require as a result of such negligence. For those who are suffering in Wisconsin as a result of mistakes made by a doctor or other medical professional, litigation such as this is also an option.

Source: Philadelphia, Pa. The Business Journal, "Jury awards $44M to patient in Philadelphia medical malpractice lawsuit", John George, April 28, 2016

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