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Man loses leg and becomes paralyzed after hospital visit

Ohio residents may be interested in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis. An Army veteran, postal worker and father of three became paralyzed at the age of 43 as the result of several alleged medical mistakes. After hearing the case, a judge ordered the hospital to pay $8.3 million in damages. According to the victim's attorney, part of the money will be used to move him into a home that is wheelchair accessible.

The alleged medical errors took place in 2009 when the man visited the hospital and complained of chest pain. After undergoing surgery, the victim began to swell and bleed in the area where a cardiac stent had been inserted. One week later, an infection was discovered at the wound site when the victim was readmitted for another surgery. The victim's leg ultimately required amputation after becoming gangrenous.

According to the victim's attorney, the hospital was negligent in several different areas. First, the victim's corrective surgery was unnecessarily delayed. When doctors performed the surgery, they patched an artery with infected tissue. Other negligent actions are also said to have contributed to blood loss that resulted in the victim suffering from a severe brain injury.

When medical errors result in life-altering injuries, family members of the victim are often forced to alter their lives dramatically. In this case, the wife of the victim now cares for her nonverbal and wheelchair-bound husband full time. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, victims of medical malpractice may be able to seek compensation from the party at fault.

Source: St Louis Today, "St. Louis man wins $8.3 million malpractice award against John Cochran VA hospital", Blythe Bernhard, November 19, 2013

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