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$17 million awarded to teenager for brain injuries

An out-of-state family recently received financial compensation for their daughter's nearly decade old injury. A jury awarded the teenage girl and her family $17 million for brain injures she suffered as a child. Medical malpractice lawsuits are often one of the most effective ways to recover just legal recourse for injuries caused by medical professionals in Iowa.

In 2008, the then 7-year-old girl was hospitalized for a particularly bad case of pneumonia, as a small portion of her lung became so diseased that antibiotics were no longer effective. Doctors performed an operation to remove the diseased piece, which apparently went well. She remained on a ventilator and under sedation for 10 days following the surgery. Ventilators are typically necessary components of sedating patients, as they are unable to protect their own airways.

The lawsuit claimed that the pediatric pulmonologist taking care of the young girl improperly removed her ventilator. According to the suit, the pulmonologist removed the ventilator without properly weaning her off the sedatives. He then did not monitor her to be sure that she was breathing by herself, which she was not. The girl's heart stopped beating, which took three shocks to get started again.

Brain injuries from this incident left the now 17-year-old girl with multiple processing issues, for which she requires ongoing therapy. The compensation from her medical malpractice suit will help cover the costs of the ongoing medical care that she will need for the rest of her life, and is also intended to compensate her for the pain and suffering she has experienced. Iowa patients who have also been harmed by the careless actions of a doctor likely understand just how important the resulting compensation from medical malpractice suits can be.

Source: Wall, NJ Patch, "Brain-Injured Wall Teen Wins $17M Negligence Suit Vs. Doctor", Karen Wall, Oct. 27, 2017

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