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Doctor errors led to man's paralysis, lawsuit argues

When a person in Texas is set to undergo surgery, there are many different things that a doctor must take into consideration. Not only must the ailment being treated be considered, but also other conditions that could potentially impact the overall success of a procedure. A recent out-of-state lawsuit alleges that doctor errors involving one man's surgical treatment resulted in his paralysis. A jury has recently agreed, awarding the man over $9 million.

The plaintiff claims that he went to the emergency room in 2012 because he was suffering from symptoms that resembled the flu. He was treated for dehydration, but doctors soon discovered that that he was suffering from a perforated bowel. As the anesthesiologist prepared him for surgery, the treatment for dehydration was discontinued.

The lawsuit claims the this discontinuation combined with anesthesia caused the man's blood pressure to drop to dangerously low levels, inhibiting blood flow to his spine. As a result, he lost the use of both his legs. While he had regained some use through extensive therapy, money ran out, ending his treatment. Additionally, the man claims had to sell his business because he was unable to work.

This case illustrates the importance of litigation following doctor errors. As a result of the verdict, the man will likely be able to resume treatment, potentially helping him regain any advances lost as a result of the lapse in therapy. While the defendants in this case claim that the doctor's actions did not cause the man's injuries, it is unclear if they intend to appeal the verdict. Unfortunately, many people in Texas are also suffering as a result of medical malpractice. In many cases, litigation allows people to seek the compensation to which they are entitled. Consultation service from the Maloney Lawyers is free. Contact us today to get started.

Source: startribune.com, "Paralyzed Minn. man awarded $9.1 million in malpractice case", Jeremy Olson, Oct. 17, 2015

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