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Medication errors may lead to permanent damage

A jury in another state recently returned a verdict that awarded a woman $12 million as part of a medical malpractice suit filed against a university health network. The woman is in a vegetative state reportedly due to medication errors. Anyone in West Virginia who suffers harm due to a medical provider's failure to provide him or her with the proper medication has the right to take legal action.

In the out-of-state case, the woman, who was using the blood thinner drug Coumadin and had issues with seizures, visited the emergency room multiple times due to a health problem. She was typically given plasma or a Vitamin K shot and then released. However, one time, a new doctor gave her a drug known as Profilnine.

A few hours after the drug had been administered, the woman developed blood clots and suffered a heart attack. Unfortunately, her brain ended up being permanently damaged as a result. The woman's daughter asserted that her mother no longer talks or walks as a result of the health network's carelessness.

Unfortunately, medication errors and other types of doctor errors can lead to serious injuries or even death. Those who are hurt by doctors' errors in West Virginia may have the right to file medical malpractice lawsuits, seeking the reimbursement of damages sustained. A successfully litigated suit may lead to a monetary damage award to cover medical bills, the loss of wages due to having to miss work any other monetary losses recognized by applicable personal injury laws.

Source: kvoa.com, "Tucson woman awarded $12 million in medical malpractice lawsuit", Sarah Herrera, Nov. 6, 2017

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