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$12M awarded after medication error causes brain damage

In the medical world, there are few "simple mistakes" when human lives are on the line. While it didn't occur in Washington, D.C., the details in a recent medical malpractice case are enough to strike fear into the hearts of anyone, anywhere. The lawsuit in question involved an alleged medication error by a physician fresh out of school, and his error in judgement apparently left a woman in a vegetative state.

According to reports, the victim was on the blood thinner Coumadin and had a history of seizures when she sought treatment in Sept. 2013. As she had done numerous times prior, the woman went alone to the same emergency room she'd always attended, where her typical treatment involved either plasma or a Vitamin K injection. On this last fateful visit, however, she saw a new young doctor, recently graduated from medical school, who administered the drug Profilnine.

Unfortunately, doing so proved to be a costly mistake. Within hours of receiving the medication, the woman suffered a heart attack and blood clots. In the end, she was left permanently brain damaged and had to be hospitalized for approximately two months afterwards before being released to her family.

A jury awarded the woman and her family $12 million; while this cannot restore her health, it is hopefully at least some consolation to her loved ones, who will now be able to afford the costly treatment and around-the-clock care the injured woman will need for the remainder of her life. Frighteningly, her case is far from uncommon, with study findings from Johns Hopkins indicating medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States. Anyone in Washington, D.C., who has been injured or who has a loved one who has likewise suffered due to a doctor or medication error, hospital negligence or anything of that nature could similarly benefit in seeking experienced legal guidance with a medical malpractice attorney experienced in fighting for just compensation.

Source: kvoa.com, "Tucson woman awarded $12 million in medical malpractice lawsuit", Sarah Herrera, Nov. 6, 2017

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