Palo Alto news reports that a Menlo Park woman has been awarded a $22 million medical malpractice verdict. According to the negligence lawsuit, Robyn Frankel underwent an unnecessary medical procedure that caused her to have a stroke, and she subsequently lost use of her arms and legs.
If you have suffered injuries as the result of another’s reckless or negligent conduct it may be possible to bring a personal injury lawsuit. Where a doctor, nurse or other hospital staff fails to act with the requisite “standard of care, an injured party may be able to bring a medical malpractice claim. If you have been harmed as the result of another’s negligent or wrongful conduct, it is important to speak to an experienced Stockton personal injury attorney to determine your rights and obtain compensation.
Here, doctors with the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group ordered an angiogram to investigate an abnormal vein in Frankel’s brain in order to determine the cause of her migraine. During the procedure, Frankel suffered a vasospasm and went into a coma. Evidence presented at trial revealed that the angiogram was unnecessary and that the Medical Group’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing the harm to Frankel.
Frankel is now a quadriplegic, confined to a wheelchair and requiring around the clock care. The award will go to cover medical costs, past and future economic losses and pain and suffering. However, due to the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act [MICRA] caps, the $6 million awarded for non-economic damages will be reduced to $250,000.
For more information about medical malpractice or if you or a loved one has suffered any serious personal injury, contact the dedicated Stockton personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for a free, confidential consultation.