A Florida medical malpractice lawsuit was filed on March 30, 2015 in the Circuit Court of Palm Beach County, Florida on behalf of a 65-year-old lawyer who has been paralyzed since undergoing spinal surgery on her neck in 2013. The case is captioned Lynda J. Harris v. Palms West Hospital, et al., 502015CA003575XXXXMB.
The lawyer’s medical problems began years earlier when she suffered a fall. By 2013, her neck pain had increased and she was researching surgeons in the Boston area who would be appropriate to consult with regarding her worsening condition. However, a local Florida surgeon allegedly advised her that her condition was urgent and that she required immediate surgery on her cervical spine. Under the circumstances, the lawyer acquiesced and had surgery performed at a local Florida hospital in October 2013.
The surgery went horribly wrong. When she awoke from surgery, she realized that she was paralyzed with minimal movement of her toes and fingers, and initially she was unable to speak. She was subsequently transferred to a well-known spinal cord injury rehabilitation center in Atlanta, Georgia but remained ventilator-dependent.
The devastating injury suffered by the Florida lawyer is a prime example of how an unexpected or unanticipated result of a medical procedure can horribly change someone’s life in an instant. The Florida lawyer is a well-known and well-respected West Palm Beach real estate, land use, finance, and governmental approvals lawyer who has been involved in some of the largest real estate development projects in recent years, including large condominium towers and the Hyatt Place hotel. The lawyer has also been heavily involved in many community activities, including serving on the board of directors of Boys Town of South Florida and the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, and she was the past chairwoman of the Downtown Development Authority.
When medical negligence harms a blameless patient and disrupts the lives of medical malpractice victims and their families, the laws in each U.S. state provide the manner in which the innocent victims of medical malpractice may seek and obtain compensation for the harms and losses they suffered. The legal requirements regarding how and when medical malpractice claims are raised and resolved may be a trap for the unwary because failure to timely follow the appropriate state medical malpractice claim requirements may leave victims of medical malpractice without a remedy – many U.S. states have increasingly restrictive medical malpractice laws that increasingly protect those who commit medical malpractice at the expense of the patients whom they harm.
Because medical malpractice laws differ from state to state, it is important that victims of medical negligence promptly find local medical malpractice lawyers in their state who may investigate the facts of their particular situations and represent them in medical malpractice claims, if appropriate.
If you or a loved one may have suffered serious injuries or other significant harm as a result of a medical error, medical mistake, or medical negligence, you should promptly find a local medical malpractice lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
Turn to us when you don’t know where to turn.