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Family triumphs against negligent medical professionals

No one expects it, but the truth of the matter is that even those who go to the hospital or to a medical professional to improve their health can often walk away with a worsened condition. As a result, patients often end up subjected to repeated hospital trips that cost them both financially and emotionally. As hospital bills pile up, so does the resentment towards the very people entrusted to perform their medical duties. Medical malpractice suits are one way to hold those negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions.

A medical malpractice suit arising out of an unfortunate incident in Illinois more than five years ago came to a head this month as a jury unanimously found in favor of the victim's family. According to reports, a 46-year-old woman went to a medical center to have her pacemaker removed through a laser extraction program. Her heart and blood vessels became perforated by the laser in the center's cath lab and she died as a result.

The case went before the jury, and, after deliberating for one hour, they found the center guilty of medical malpractice and awarded the family members $2.5 million. The center claimed they were disappointed by the verdict, as they believed they had provided quality care to the patient.

It is not possible to quantify the injuries one sustains at the hands of negligent medical professionals, nor can family members ever be compensated for the loss they suffered when a loved one dies. However, medical mistakes can cause extensive damage and compensation from a lawsuit can lessen the financial burden associated with the errors.

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