Surgery is usually never without risks, but most people expect to recover in due time. No one probably expects a medical procedure to go completely wrong. A Missouri court recently awarded substantial damages to a military veteran following a medical procedure that did just that.
Because of alleged medical negligence, a St. Louis judge awarded $8.3 million to a 43-year-old U.S. Army veteran after a surgical procedure at the John Cochran VA Medical Center left him without one leg and suffering severe brain damage. In February of 2009, surgeons at the hospital inserted a cardiac stent after the veteran complained of chest pains. He returned to the hospital a week later with an infected artery in his right leg. Surgeons had to amputate his leg, but allegedly used infected tissue and then waited too long to perform corrective surgery. Because of severe blood loss, the man suffered a brain injury and is now paralyzed and barely able to communicate. The couple's attorney says the man becomes depressed whenever he realizes that there are things he can no longer do.