Regardless of advances in healthcare, a misdiagnosis can worsen a medical condition. In a recent medical malpractice case, a jury awarded $7 million to the family of a woman who is confined to a healthcare facility after physicians treated her for a brain tumor instead of the infection she suffered.
The retired speech pathologist became ill in October 2013. She went to a Sandusky hospital where two neurosurgeons treated her. Under their care, the woman underwent several scans and tests before being diagnosed with a brain tumor.
However, she never had a tumor. Instead, an infection was growing in her brain which should have been treated with antibiotics. Giving her steroids without antibiotics made the infection worse. As a result, her abscesses grew and spread throughout her brain.
The woman has not been home in five years and is not expected to return. She cannot use her legs and has the use of only one arm. Her husband continues to visit her every day in the facility.
Her husband claimed the two neurosurgeons did not comply with proper procedures when caring for his wife. He claimed that if medical professionals had followed these procedures then, she would have recovered fully and been able to leave the hospital.
A lawsuit was filed against the two physicians and their neurological practice by the victim's family. Recently, a jury awarded them $7 million. This compensation is intended to pay for the woman's past and future medical care, among other things.
Compensation cannot eliminate all the consequences of medical professional malpractice but can help cover healthcare expenses, lost wages, and other damages. An attorney can help gather evidence and expert testimony to support the filing of one of these lawsuits and strengthen a victim's bargaining power at the negotiation table.