Jury awards woman $120 million in medical malpractice lawsuit
  • Wed, 05/30/2012 - 1:30pm

 

A woman allegedly developed brain damage after a series of New York hospital visits in February 2004. The lawsuit was filed by Ms. Martin, the mother of Jacqueline Martin, 45, against three New York hospitals. A Bronx jury awarded the family a $120 million verdict, the largest medical malpractice verdict in the state.

According to a report from the New York Times, Martin sought seizure treatment and was given medication that caused a rare allergic reaction to her face and throat called Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Her lawyer says that medical personnel mismanaged Martin’s medications, failed to quickly respond to crises, and did not provide essential treatments.

The jury distributed responsibility mainly to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx and to Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn. Martin, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center as well as one of their neurologists received partial responsibility.

Martin previously worked as a claim’s adjuster earning less than $40,000 a year but received $10 million in lost wages. In addition, her medical bills totaled $583,000 and were covered by Medicaid but the jury awarded her $5 million.

The state plans to appeal stating “the amount of this judgement is not consistent with the facts and the law.”

Some reports say the hospitals have apologized to Martin and her family.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice, contact an attorney today to have the facts of your case reviewed.

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