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Woman awarded nearly $5.8 million in medical malpractice suit

Louisiana residents know that the job market can be brutally competitive. Even the slightest detail can be the difference between being offered a job and being passed over in favor of another individual. Some employers even consider an applicant's medical conditions. These conditions may be genetic or they may be the result of a doctor's mistake, as was the case for one woman who was awarded more than $5 million in a medical malpractice suit. 

This malpractice suit was filed after the patient suffered a permanent injury because of mistakes made during a thyroidectomy. After the procedure, she was diagnosed with vocal chord paralysis. Nine months later, doctors performed a permanent tracheotomy. A tracheotomy is a procedure where an incision made in the patient's windpipe. A  tube may be placed in this opening in order to allow air into the lungs.

This woman must now clean the area around her tracheotomy three times each day. She also carries a suction machine and a breathing machine with her at all times. This equipment helps to ensure that her airway remains clear. Finally, the woman was passed over for at least one job because the employer believed that her tracheotomy was a liability.

Mistakes made during medical procedures have the potential to cause temporary or permanent injury to patients. As a result of these injuries, patients may find themselves overwhelmed with medical bills, or they may find themselves unable to find or hold a job. Individuals in Louisiana who are considering filing a medical malpractice suit could benefit from consulting a professional. An attorney may help the client to determine if a malpractice suit is warranted and what kinds of compensation he or she may be entitled to. This compensation may include payment for loss of income or medical expenses.

Source:, "Bluefield woman awarded nearly $5.8M in medical malpractice suit", Lacie Pierson, Oct. 3, 2017

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