Woman files medical malpractice claim, seeks $15 million

A 54-year-old out-of-state woman recently filed a medical malpractice claim against a hospital in relation to a surgery that went awry. The suit, which seeks damages of $15 million, claims that the surgery caused the woman paralysis, detrimentally affected her speech and caused several other debilitating injuries. Similarly, when Tennessee residents suffer harm at the hands of health care professionals, they are typically entitled to file medical malpractice claims against the party or parties believed to be responsible.

The woman, who was 52 years old in 2014, was a full-time cook at a regional medical center. She developed a hearing issue; upon further inspection by doctors, it was attributed to benign tumors called meningiomas, which can develop from some of the thin layers that are responsible for covering the spinal cord and the brain. One of the meningiomas had already been diagnosed, but it was believed that the second one was causing her hearing loss, and doctors recommended that the woman have the one previously diagnosed removed.

On March 12, 2014, the surgery was performed without the appropriate informed consent, the claim states. Before the surgery, she did not have any issues with speech, vision, motor skills or body movement. However, it is alleged that the surgeons negligently cut her middle cerebral artery -- this artery, along with two others, comprises the three major arteries responsible for supplying blood to the brain. The severed artery caused a stroke, apparently leaving the patient paralyzed on one side -- additionally, she could not swallow, speak, or control her bladder or bowel functions and now requires constant 24-hour care.

Victims of medical malpractice may face the prospect of hefty hospital bills, extensive physical therapy and lost pay due to being unable to work. The financial, personal and various other setbacks to their health and well-being are all-too-common for these victims. When Tennessee residents believe they have been the victims of medical malpractice, they typically choose to consult experienced attorneys to litigate claims for financial relief.

Source: thegazette.com, "Linn County woman files $15 million medical malpractice claim against UIHC", Trish Mehaffey, March 15, 2016

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