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Woman asks $400,000 but receives $60,000 in medical malpractice

When your doctor in New Jersey, or anywhere in the country, recommends surgery, you not only trust their opinion, but you trust their expertise in performing the surgery. No one expects to go into surgery to have an organ repaired and to come out with other debilitating impairments. Surgical errors are never insignificant to the patient. If you have experienced medical malpractice, you want to be compensated for your pain and suffering, as well as any future treatments and disabilities. It's only fair that you are able to get the care you need going forward.

One woman in Michigan at Hurley Medical Center experienced such a surgical error from her physician. She went in for gallbladder surgery. The surgeon allegedly incorrectly cut the wrong artery and the wrong duct. Instead of the artery and duct that went to the gull bladder, he cut the artery to her liver and the duct going to her small intestine.

The woman, who was 46 at the time, had to be rushed to Henry Ford Medical Center. She had to undergo another surgery, which left her with a large scar across the front of her rib cage. She is also now suffering pain so severe she is unable to return to regular daily activities.

The woman filed a malpractice suit against the hospital, and after a four-day trial, which ended with more than a day of deliberation, the jurors reached a verdict. Her lawsuit was asking for $400,000 in damages. She was awarded $60,000, which some believe meant that the jury wasn't completely onboard with all of the claims against the defendant. However, the surgeon who performed the surgery is no longer at Hurley Medical Center.

It is not clear whether the victim in this case will need further treatment or whether she will continue to experience the current pain she is claiming. But once the case is settled, she will no longer be able to request another suit. The case will be closed. If she believes this is not enough for her damage and further treatment, she could file an appeal.

Source: mLive, "Jury orders Hurley Medical Center to pay nearly $60,000 in malpractice case" Gary Ridley, Dec. 17, 2013

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