A Chicago medical malpractice lawyer who has worked with victims suffering from lifelong debilitations because of the mistakes knows that the cost of dealing with permanent injuries is often quite high. While large jury verdicts are often used as a smear to paint the civil justice system in a poor light, the fact remains that the medical and other costs associated with permanent care (not counting the emotional losses) are often staggering. The verdicts in those cases reflect that reality.
For example, The Day News reported last week on the culmination of a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a woman who was permanently injured following an anesthesia error. The victim, a 44-year old mother of two filed the suit following her treatment at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in 2006. Besides the hospital, an outsourced anesthesia organization and individual anesthesiologists were also named defendants.
The suit alleged that the carelessness of those involved in her pre-operative work led to “serious, severe, painful and permanent injuries.” Following the botched surgery, the victim remained in a coma for 26 days. She then remained in the hospital for another month before regaining the strength to make it home. Another 45 days of verbal and orthopedic rehabilitation was necessary even upon making it home. Her ordeal included nerve damage, memory loss, and a variety of physiological and psychological side effects. She now requires close care at home by her daughters.
The medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the family following the trauma was recently brought to trial. Following a hearing of all the evidence, the jury decided in favor of the woman, awarding her $10.5 million. She will require special care for the rest of her life.
As our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti have seen, while the award will go a long way to help the victim and her family survive following this tragedy, nothing will be able to fully compensate for the losses. These lawsuits remain an important part of helping victims move on from their suffering and holding poor doctors accountable for their mistreatment.
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