Man paralyzed during surgery wins medical malpractice suit

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When a medical procedure results in an individual suffering life-altering negative outcomes, that individual may wish to consider legal action. Ohio residents may be interested in a case in another state involving medical malpractice. One man was recently awarded compensation after filing a claim due to becoming paralyzed after undergoing surgery.

Reports stated that the man had gone to the hospital for treatment after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The man had become dehydrated and was being given fluids when it was discovered that the man had a perforated bowel that required surgery. Because the man needed anesthesia before undergoing the procedure, his dehydration treatment was stopped. Unfortunately, the suspension of this treatment and the administration of anesthesia caused the man’s blood pressure to decrease, and his spinal cord did not receive adequate blood flow. 

The lack of blood flow caused the man to suffer an injury to his spinal cord during surgery. As a result, he suffered paralysis in his legs. He had attempted to keep working as a mechanic after losing the use of his legs, but, eventually, he had to sell his business. He also underwent therapy for a time, but his funding ran out. This case resulted in him being awarded more than $9 million, and he hopes to be able to resume therapy and other treatment.

When individuals suffer such a negative result due to negligence or other malpractice actions, they can be affected for the rest of their lives. If Ohio residents believe that they were seriously injured due to errors made by medical staff, they may wish to consider their legal options. Filing medical malpractice claims could allow them to seek compensation for their injuries and other resulting damages.

Source: startribune.com, “Paralyzed Minnesota mechanic awarded $9.1M in malpractice verdict“, Jeremy Olson, Oct. 17, 2015