Most New City area residents understand that medical professionals are valuable members of our society who do their best to help their patients and alleviate their pain and suffering. There are times when a patient needs to undergo surgery in order to help feel better. Most of the time these surgeries go as planned, but occasionally, a serious surgical error occurs and a patient suffers serious and unexpected injuries, such as a spinal cord injury.
A Pomona woman recently received a $55.9 million settlement for a surgical error that resulted in her becoming a quadriplegic. In 2009, the woman underwent surgery at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. She was suffering from tingling and pain in her arms and neck and the surgery was supposed to relieve her symptoms.
During the procedure, testing was done to monitor the spinal cord, which detected an injury. The doctors doing the procedure ignored the tests and continued with the procedure. The day after the surgery, the patient became paralyzed and a CAT scan was not ordered until hours later.
An outside radiologist showed a collection of blood pressing on the spinal cord, known as a hematoma, but the neurosurgeons told the patient that her spinal cord had suffered a stroke. The patient's attorneys argued that if the hematoma would have been removed the patient would not be paralyzed.
When the unexpected occurs in the operating room, a patient and their family has the legal right to hold the medical providers responsible for their mistake. These mistakes can change a life forever.