A jury in California recently found a hospital responsible after an unnecessary procedure left a woman paralyzed. The victim received a record $22 million medical malpractice award.
Robyn Frankel went to the hospital on October 20, 2006 for an angiogram. She had long suffered from migraine headaches and doctors believed that an abnormality in the veins of her brain were responsible. When doctors injected Frankel with dye for the angiogram, she suffered a vasospasm and fell into a coma. When she awoke weeks later, she was paralyzed. Frankel is now confined to a wheelchair and requires around-the-clock nursing care.
Though the award is likely to be reduced, it will likely remain substantial. The jury awarded Frankel $16 million for past and future economic losses and $6 million for pain and suffering. California law requires that the pain and suffering portion of the award be reduced to $250,000.
Many will see the size of the award as an attempt to punish the hospital, but this is not the case. The award that Frankel received is enough to allow her to meet her needs. Because she is paralyzed, she will face real challenges – both medical and financial – for the rest of her life. No matter how small or routine the medical procedure, there is the potential for serious, life-changing injuries.
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