Posted On: March 21, 2011 by Mark Bello of Lawsuit Financial Corp.

Man Paralyzed Resulting from an Improperly Placed Stent

A man’s artery was punctured during the placement of a stent, leaving him paralyzed and incontinent. Seven years later, his medical malpractice lawsuit was settled for $14 million. According to the suit, the man was suffering dizziness and slurred speech when he arrived at the emergency room. Doctors gave him aspirin and the anti-platelet medication, Plavix. His symptoms subsided, but he was still admitted overnight for observation. The next morning, he complained of short-term slurred speech and numbness in his right hand. A neuroradiologist recommended an immediate procedure to insert a stent into the artery. During the procedure, the neuroradiologist punctured the arterial wall. Because the patient was on a large dosage of blood thinner, blood flowed from the puncture, pooling around his brain. By the time doctors realized it, the bleeding had caused massive pressure damage to the brain stem and caustic damage to brain tissue. He spent two months in a coma. Now this optician and father of four, spends his days in a hospital bed and wheelchair in the home of his 76-year-old mother, who cares for him round-the-clock.

During the trial, the plaintiff said the surgery was not necessary and medication would have been sufficient. The defense argued that the man suffered from a rare brain injury unrelated to the surgery. After six hours, the jury found in favor of plaintiff.

The doctor told a local television station that the lawsuit was frivolous. He said that the plaintiff won because he hired a more expensive attorney than the doctor’s insurance company was willing to pay for. This has nothing to do with a frivolous lawsuit, but everything to do with seeking redress for this victim’s serious injuries and permanent disabilities. Hospitals and doctors must be held accountable for their mistakes. A lawsuit no only provides compensation to the injured party, but makes doctors more accountable, more careful in the future, and helps prevent such errors from reoccurring.

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