Thursday, 21 of June of 2018

Surgeon Performs Brain Procedure on Wrong Side of Patient’s Head

The patient’s parents realized this type of medical negligence was unacceptable and filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. At trial, the hospital’s insurance company tried to pin the blame solely on the at-fault doctor while neglecting the fact that hospital nurses and administrators failed to inform the patient’s parents about the full extent of the damage until months after the horrific surgical error.

By Jim Lewis, Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Virginia

A 19-year-old patient suffering from a seizure disorder went in for surgery to have faulty brain tissue removed. Unfortunately, this procedure was just the beginning of his nightmare.

The surgeon who operated on the patient removed brain tissue from the wrong side of his head. Yes, you read that correctly – he cut open the patient’s head and removed tissue from the exact wrong side.

The surgeon realized his medical mistake and proceeded to operate on the other side, but the damage had been done.

After the surgery, the patient’s condition only got worse. Not only did he continue to suffer from seizures, but he started suffering from psychotic delusions and deteriorating intelligence, according to the Commercial Appeal.

The patient’s parents realized this type of medical negligence was unacceptable and filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. At trial, the hospital’s insurance company tried to pin the blame solely on the at-fault doctor while neglecting the fact that hospital nurses and administrators failed to inform the patient’s parents about the full extent of the damage until months after the horrific surgical error.

Fortunately, a jury realized the pain this poor patient had been put through through and awarded him $20 million for damages.

I’m glad the jury sided with the patient. Blatant medical mistakes like the one in this case are simply unacceptable.  

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