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Young woman awarded $17 million in medical malpractice suit

Tragically, thousands of Americans are injured or killed every year due to medical errors and mistakes. Recent statistics say that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. One minor mistake during a surgical procedure can equate to a lifetime of pain and suffering for the patient. Even though patient safety is leaps and bounds better than what it was just 10 to 15 years ago in Oregon and across the country, mistakes still happen. Recently, a teenager in another state was awarded $17 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed after she suffered brain damage due to alleged negligence.

The lawsuit asserted that the patient was hospitalized and underwent a surgery to remove a small piece of her lung. According to the lawsuit, the woman -- who was 7 years old at the time -- was on a ventilator while she was sedated. Apparently, the young woman was removed from the ventilator without being properly weaned off the sedation.

The lawsuit claimed that the patient was not properly monitored or cared for after the removal of the ventilator, and she subsequently stopped breathing. The girl's heart also stopped beating, and she had to be shocked at least three times, allegedly. The lack of oxygen caused the girl to suffer permanent brain damage. After a six-week trial, a jury awarded the now 16-year-old $17 million for her pain and suffering.

Tragically, thousands of patients are injured or die every year as a result of human error during medical procedures. Oregon residents who believe they or a loved one have suffered injury or death due to medical malpractice may benefit by seeking the services of a skilled attorney. A successful lawsuit could result in a monetary award to help with mounting medical expenses.

Source: Wall, NJ Patch, "Brain-Injured Wall Teen Wins $17M Negligence Suit Vs. Doctor", Karen Wall, Oct. 27, 2017

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