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Woman awarded $4.2 million after doctor was found guilty of negligence

When someone is sick or injured, they rely on their doctors to make them well again. Although a doctor cannot always cure an individual, people expect that their physicians will provide them with proper care and treatment. When a doctor's errors cause a person to suffer even more extensive injuries, they may be held responsible through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Readers in Maryland may be interested to read about a recent lawsuit where a jury awarded a woman $4.2 million for a medical malpractice suit she filed against a local physician in a nearby state. The lawsuit alleged that the doctor failed to see the importance of a report provided by a neurologist after the woman was discharged from the hospital. The woman, who suffered a number of strokes, suffered severe memory loss and lost some of her vision due to her doctor's errors.

After listening to the evidence, jurors found the physician's care fell below the standard of care that he should have provided the woman. The award included $3.7 million to the woman and $500,000 to her husband.

The woman's attorney says he is hopeful the award will bring her and her husband comfort and a sense of closure.

If someone is injured due to the negligence of a doctor or because of a doctor's failure to diagnose or treat an illness, it is wise to discuss the matter with a legal professional. An attorney can help explain what damages may be available and what standards of care are applicable when assessing liability.

Source: The Times-Tribune, "Lackawanna County jury returns $4.2 million verdict against local doctor," Steve McConnell, March 30, 2012

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