Philadelphia Jury Awards Record $44 Million in Malpractice Lawsuit

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    A jury in Philadelphia awarded millions to a woman in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

    Tate v. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, a case that dealt with Andrea Tate’s 2011 brain damage case, finally came to a close in May 2016. At the time of the incident, Tate was being treated for a benign tumor on the tissue covering her brain.

    According to RossFellerCasey.com, the jury found that the suffering Tate experienced led to severe brain damage. The brain damage resulted because hospital staff did not recognize her harmful reaction to her prescribed anti-coagulant drug.

    The jury awarded a record-breaking $44 million to Tate and her family.

    As a result of the hospital’s negligence, Tate, who was 57 years old at the time of the incident, can no longer dress or feed herself.

    “Instead of stopping the heparin at that point,” attorney Ross Feller said, “they just stopped testing. Three days later, they find her virtually comatose. She had a massive bleed in her head.”

    Of the most common malpractice claims, about 34% result from cases involving inpatients like Tate, who got worse while she was in the hospital.

    Over a six-day period while Tate was being administered heparin, her blood grew very thin at a rapid rate, and her attorney’s accuse the hospital of neither recognizing the issue nor changing her medication.

    The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the jury found Tate’s doctor 35% liable and the hospital 65% liable for failing to recognize the treatment was negatively affecting Tate’s brain.

    The hospital before, during, and after the trial continued to assert they were not at fault in this unfortunate situation.

    The University of Pennsylvania’s health system issued a recent statement after the trial: “We are disappointed in today’s verdict and continue to believe that appropriate care was provided. We plan to appeal this unfortunate decision.”

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