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Woman awarded $22 million after procedure left her paralyzed

Medical malpractice can happen anywhere in the country, from California to Maryland. However, anyone who is hurt due to the negligence of a physician may seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. No one is required to simply accept the mistakes of another person, especially if that means a person must endure serious pain and suffering.

In a recent lawsuit filed in California, a jury heard the case of a 48-year-old woman who became paralyzed from the neck down after undergoing a procedure to investigate a vein in her brain. The procedure took place several years ago, but more recently, the woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

According to the attorney for the paralyzed woman, she sought treatment for migraine headaches from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. However, the procedure that subsequently led to the woman's paralysis from the neck down was found to be unnecessary. The jury held the hospital responsible, finding negligence on the part of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and awarded the woman $22 million in damages.

The damages the malpractice victim received are for economic losses and pain and suffering. Although the jury's decision may not fix every problem the woman will face, it will certainly help ensure her access to the care she will require going forward.

For anyone injured as severely as this woman, it is often wise to seek legal help. An attorney can investigate a case and help people get the compensation they deserve. No one should have to suffer because of a physician's reckless mistakes.

Source: Fox News, "Jury awards California woman 22 million in medical suit," Associated Press, Mar. 21, 2012

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