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Unnecessary surgical procedure results in woman's stroke

Every Pittsburgh patient probably would dread having to go under the knife for even the most necessary of procedures. Sadly, certain doctors prescribe unnecessary procedures for their patients and such procedures often result in surgical errors.

A woman just received a $22 million verdict because such an unnecessary procedure was performed. This came about when the woman went to her doctor complaining of migraines, an angiogram was then ordered to investigate an abnormal vein (which had nothing to do with the woman's migraines), and it is now purported that the woman suffered a stroke as the result of the unnecessary procedure.

Apparently the woman fell into a coma after a dye for the angiogram was injected into the blood vessels of the brain. The woman who did not wake up until approximately two weeks later discovered that she had lost the use of her arms and her legs.

The jury that heard the matter felt that the negligence of the facility that recommended the surgery was a substantial factor in causing the woman's injuries. The facility where the surgery was performed had earlier settled the matter for an undisclosed amount.

Such a scenario demonstrates why attorneys and their clients bring medical malpractice suits. Considering the extent of her injuries, it should be of little surprise that a jury delivered such a large verdict. The woman, who used to work as a property manager for her family's business, will now require round the clock care and be confined to a wheelchair without use of arms or legs for the rest of her life. Though it may be difficult to estimate, the costs of such care would have to be enormous. What's more, such a large verdict might inhibit other hospitals from performing unnecessary procedures in the future that put patients' health at risk.

Source:, "Menlo Park woman receives $22 million medical malpractice verdict," by Jason Green, March 21, 2012

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