Brain Damage Post Surgery Results in Disabling Stroke

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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2017 – An Iowa woman was initially diagnosed as having a benign tumor in the lining of her brain. As these types of tumors grow slowly, typically they are just monitored by the doctor.

Instead of monitoring the 74-year-old woman’s tumor, the doctor suggested it would be best if she had surgery to remove it. In June 2015, the patient had an operation to excise the tumor and remove part of her skull. Once the surgeon had concluded the operation, he put titanium mesh in place where the portion of skull was removed and fastened it with screws.

Less than 30 days later, the woman experienced drainage from her incision and was diagnosed with an infection. The patient contacted the hospital once again in January 2016, indicating the incision was painful and she was dealing with headaches daily. Three days later, she underwent surgery to remove the screws and mesh. However, the mesh was stuck to part of the membrane of her brain; when removed, she suffered severe blood loss that lead to a stroke.

The stroke led to the woman being placed in a nursing facility for continuing IV treatment, speech therapy, and occupational and physical therapy. She continues to experience memory and vision loss, headaches, and has difficulty with most cognitive functions.

The woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital alleging that her stroke and ultimate brain damage was a result of negligence.

Recovery after surgery that caused a stroke is not easy and it is hard to fight for a quick and fair settlement. Furthermore, insurance companies will often attempt to delay, deny and defend their decisions in spite of a claim being valid. This can cause serious financial problems for the plaintiff.

Unless the victim has access to financial resources to wait until their lawsuit is settled, they may have only two options – jeopardizing their hard-earned credit score or settle for less than what they may be eligible to receive in court. “There is another option open, and that is to contact Litigation Funding Corporation,” said Daren Monroe, representative, Litigation Funding Corporation.

Settling for less than what a plaintiff deserves because they are in a tough financial bind may mean losing thousands or millions of fair compensation. A “lawsuit loan” is risk-free and pays the bills while an attorney is working on a case or settlement. “If you are financially stable while waiting for your case to be resolved,” added Monroe, “your attorney has more time to negotiate you a larger settlement.”

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