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Woman Wins Medical Malpractice Lawsuit that left her a Quadriplegic

A California woman recently won a $22 million medical malpractice lawsuit against the Palo Alto Medical Foundation after a medical procedure left her a quadriplegic. The woman had suffered from migraines for years. During treatment in October 2006, doctors discovered an abnormal vein in her brain and ordered a cerebral angiogram, a procedure involved injecting dye into the vein. During the procedure, the woman suffered a stroke and went into a coma. She is now confided to a wheelchair, suffers from slowed speech, and requires round-the-clock care. A single mother of two, she can no longer work or provide for her children. Her annual medical care costs are estimated between $300,000 and $350,000.

This woman almost did not receive justice. An attorney originally turned down the case stating that it was not a winnable case. Another attorney took the case in 2008, but it was dismissed in 2010 with injustice, seeing it as a stroke case and too tough to win. With the help of a friend, the woman’s first attorney accepted the case after seeing that it was not just a post-stroke case. An appeal is predicted.

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Source: Mercury News, “Menlo Park woman receives $22 million medical malpractice verdict,” Jason Green, March 21, 2012