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Delayed post-surgical care results in large award for woman

A several hour delay was determined to be the cause of one woman's paralysis. The individual was seen at a hospital for a routine surgery, and later difficulty swallowing caused her to return to the hospital for post\-surgical care. Unfortunately, the care did not come soon enough and the woman was left severely disabled. Individuals in Rhode Island may take note of the woman's problems should they ever face a similar issue in the future. 

After a routine neck surgery, the woman returned to the hospital the next day, saying that she was having trouble swallowing. She was seen by a physician and sent home without treatment. The following day, she returned with even more difficulty swallowing, and this time with pain and swelling. She waited six hours before receiving treatment, although hospital protocols call for a patient to be seen within two hours in a case such as hers. 

As a result of the medical problem, the woman has become paralyzed and dependent on others for care. She is no longer able to sing or run, her two previous passions. The malpractice case was taken to court, and the hospital was found to be 100 percent responsible for the problem. They were ordered to pay $26 million to the woman as an award for her damages. 

In Rhode Island, if an issue arises with post-surgical care, a person may also be able to take the case to court. In the instance of malpractice, if damages occurred as a result of a physician's failure to adhere to reasonable expectations of care, a person will likely be awarded for financial losses. One tool that can help an injured person is an experienced injury attorney.

Source:, "St. Francis to pay $26M in medical malpractice suit", Dec. 11, 2017

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