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Woman wins $14.9 million in historic medical malpractice suit

In the state of Oregon and across the country, those who believe they or their loved ones were harmed by substandard medical care have the right to take legal action. A woman in another state became paralyzed due to negligent medical care so she and her husband filed a lawsuit. They were recently awarded almost $15 million, which was second largest medical malpractice verdict in the history of their state.

Reportedly, the woman was a patient at a surgery center about four years ago. During her time there, she received an epidural steroid injection that contained a drug called Kenalog. Not long after the injection, the woman became paralyzed due to a spinal cord infarction.

Prior studies regarding the drug Kenalog found that the drug could possibly cause serious reactions, which included spinal cord infarction. Because of this, the manufacturer of Kenalog received permission from the FDA to change its label on the drug to include an extensive warning that the drug was not to be used in epidurals, among other things. The claim stated that the label changes occurred two years prior to the woman receiving the injection, but according to claims, the plaintiffs were never informed of the dangers of the drug or the warning labels. As a result, the woman suffered permanent injuries and now requires a full-time caregiver. 

Negligent care such as this continues to happen at an alarming rate across the United States. Oregon residents who feel they have been a victim of medical malpractice may benefit from acquiring the guidance of a knowledgeable attorney. A successful claim could provide victims with much-needed compensation as well as a sense of justice.

Source: bizjournals.com, "Paralyzed Colorado woman wins $14.9 million malpractice verdict", Monica Mendoza, April 6, 2017

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