JusticeNewsFlash.com recently reported on a trial involving a Florida woman who was left paralyzed following a medical procedure. The jury awarded the woman and her family $23 million for her injuries. To read more about this brain injury lawsuit please follow the link.
In 2006, Lanette Gervato went to Shands hospital after suffering from unexplained headaches. The hospital staff performed various tests and determined Lanette had a non-bleeding aneurysm in her brain. An aneurysm is an abnormal widening of a portion of an artery in the brain. Aneurysms are caused by weaknesses in the wall of a blood vessel.
In July of 2006, Lanette underwent surgery by the hospital’s neurosurgical team. Lanette’s attorneys argued that numerous errors were made in the course of her treatment. First, during the procedure, a member of the surgical team unknowingly perforated one of the arteries in Lanette’s brain. Then, when Lanette began displaying symptoms consistent with a post-operative stroke, a nurse at the hospital continued Lanette’s medication rather than contacting a physician. When the doctors eventually found out about Lanette’s condition, it was too late. At that point, Lanette’s brain had filled with blood and she had already suffered permanent brain damage.
Since the incident occurred, Lanette has gotten numerous infections stemming from her disability and has been hospitalized at least ten times. She is paralyzed on one side of her body and has suffered impaired vision. The money awarded by the jury for her brain injury will help pay for Lanette’s round-the-clock medical care for the remainder of her life.
Our Chicago malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the life-altering consequences that result when doctors and medical professionals make mistakes such as the one in Lanette’s case. It is of most importance that safety measures be improved and competency ensured at all facilities that have been found committing these mistakes. If you know of a victim, be sure to contact a brain injury attorney to begin the process of redress and reform.