While the following story isn’t from Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia, the horror of a medical malpractice case can be applied to nearly anywhere in the country. This particular story is from Iowa, and the woman who sued a hospital where she was receiving medical treatment initially was diagnosed with a non-cancerous tumor in the lining of her brain. This condition can be monitored by doctors, as they are slow-growing.
However, the doctor treating and diagnosing this woman opted for surgery. The procedure required the surgeon to take part of her skull with the tumor. Titanium mesh and screws were used to replace what was taken.
Shortly after the surgery was performed, the woman complained of headaches and pain. This was due to drainage in the area of the surgery that wasn’t properly dealt with, and an infection developed. The doctor should have replaced the mesh at some point. But it wasn’t, and so the patient had to undergo an extensive IV treatment.
This didn’t fix the problem. Surgery was performed to remove the mesh and the screws, but the mesh was stuck to the membrane of her brain by that point (about six months after the initial surgery) and it caused massive blood loss and a stroke. She suffered from a communication disorder after that.
The woman has sued the hospital to the tune of $6 million as a result of the medical negligence they allegedly displayed.
Source: KCRG, “Woman asking for $6 million in medical malpractice claim against UIHC,” June 2, 2017