A husband and wife from Toledo were recently awarded a large amount of monetary damages in their civil suit. The couple filed a medical malpractice suit against a doctor and a medical associates group in Ohio after the wife, who was pregnant at the time, suffered a stroke. The two were awarded over $10.9 million in damages.
In March 2012, the wife was 26 weeks pregnant with her third child when she began to have a severe headache along with severe abdominal pain. When she called her OB/GYN and talked to the physician on call, the doctor told her that she did not need to go to the hospital because her symptoms were likely the result of a gastric condition. However, the wife suffered a stroke the next day.
An emergency Cesarean section was performed, and the baby was delivered safely. The mother, however, suffered permanent cognitive, physical and emotional injuries resulting from the stroke. The wife and husband decided to file a medical malpractice suit against the doctor and the medical associates group, seeking monetary compensation for the wife’s pain and suffering. The jury awarded the couple $10,928,188 for the suit.
The husband and wife felt like the wife would have had a normal pregnancy without any kind of injuries had it not been for the negligence of the doctor on call. If a person feels as if he or she is the victim of medical malpractice in Ohio, that person has the right to file a civil lawsuit. Help is available in our state for any person seeking to initiate this process.
Source: toledoblade.com, “Jury awards $10.9M in malpractice suit“, Jennifer Feehan, Jan. 16, 2015