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Doctors blamed for brain damage to patient

It did not occur in Michigan, but the sheer size of an out-of-state medical malpractice verdict is still noteworthy. A patient that was left in a vegetative state after a failed medical procedure back in 2008 has been awarded a $28.5 million against two of his doctors.

The patient went under a procedure known as "manipulation under anesthesia." The diabetic patient while undergoing the procedure apparently began exhibiting problems that were reported on the patient's monitors. Unfortunately, the anesthesiologist apparently failed to heed the warnings as the cervical manipulation procedure was continued, and this failure along with the nature of the procedure itself likely contributed to the patient going into cardiac arrest and being deprived of oxygen to the brain for a minimum of five minutes.

The patient was an immigrant from Jamaica who graduated from college and worked with a security and accounting business. He was engaged to be married at the time that this incident occurred, and his two daughters are now six and eight-years old. Now the patient is bedridden and can only communicate by the blinking of his eyes or by crying.

Despite the cries for limitation upon medical malpractice verdicts, this case demonstrates why these sorts of verdicts are continually needed. Presuming that the allegations of this lawsuit are correct, the mistakes of the two doctors have taken away the man's ability to live and enjoy his life.

Medical malpractice attorneys are needed to send the message that these sorts of mistakes cannot be tolerated. Though the above verdict may seem large, we need to remember that the patient in question will require a lifetime of care. This does not even take into account the damage that has been done to his family who has to live with this man's suffering.

Source: South Florida Times, "Jury Hits 2 Doctors With $38.5 [sic] in Medical Negligence Verdict," Mohamed Hamaludin, May 23, 2013

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