Chicago medical malpractice lawyers applaud the recent multi-million dollar verdict for mother of a family who suffered a severe brain injury after a visit to a community hospital. The Times Herald-Record reported that the mother of five children was experiencing very low sodium levels when she went to the hospital. In order to improve her conditions, doctors rapidly infused her with saline solution. Unfortunately for the 42 year-old mother, the physicians raised her sodium levels too quickly, causing her to fall into a coma and have osmotic demyelination syndrome.
According to PubMed Health, osmotic demyelination syndrome is a condition where the layer that insulates the nerve cells in the brain stem is destroyed. Without the layer, impulses along the nerve cells are not properly and efficiently transmitted to the nerve cell. Instead, the impulses are slowed down, which decreases the nerve’s ability to communicate with other cells. The most common cause of osmotic demyelination syndrome is when a person’s sodium levels rise too quickly when being treated for low sodium levels. This was the exact situation for the mother in the instant case.
As a result of the doctor’s negligence, the mother suffered a severe brain injury. She is unable to read books, follow the plot in television programs, and even struggles to speak. Due to her medical needs, the family had to move her to a supported living facility in another state. The family that brought the medical malpractice brain injury lawsuit will use the money for home health services so that their mother can come home permanently. After three and a half weeks of trial, they were awarded $19.5 million for future medical and rehabilitation expenses.
Illinois medical malpractice attorneys at Levin and Perconti are thrilled to see that the mother will finally be able to come home to her family. Medical expenses for brain injuries are substantial because the victim is no longer able to function as an individual. For families with children, there are many other child care expenses that quickly build up when a second source of income is lost. Levin and Perconti lawyers believe that the verdict will alleviate many of the family’s financial burdens.