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$120 Million Awarded in Medical Malpractice Case

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 3:50pm PDT

Recently, Jacqueline Martin was awarded close to $120 million by a New York jury, resulting in the success of her medical malpractice lawsuit—one of the largest settlements ever issued in a lawsuit of this nature in New York. Martin, who is 45 years old, was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome on May 25, 2012, after being hospitalized several times in February of 2004 for what started as a seizure. Martin also suffered severe brain damage in lieu of medical mistreatment while under hospitalized care—leaving her incapacitated— so her mother took the initiative to file on her behalf.

Martin's attorney explained that "the medical personnel mismanaged Ms. Martin's medications as well as failed to respond to crises and provide necessary treatments." This, in turn, resulted in swelling to her throat, eyes and face while she was under hospital care, and the eventual development of Stevens-Johnson syndrome. This condition is a rare skin disorder that usually occurs from an allergic reaction to certain medications, and affects about 500 people every year. The "symptoms of SJS include: flu like symptoms, hives, blisters, skin pain, swelling of the face and tongue, rashes, and shedding of the skin." This condition, as well as the brain damage she has since suffered, has left Martin permanently debilitated.

In a medical malpractice case, any medical personnel that are responsible for the wellbeing of a patient can face a personal injury lawsuit if their behavior has caused a patient harm through negligent care and/or through negligent mistreatment. If you have suffered an unjust injury at the hands of a personally responsible caretaker or medical institution, it is your responsibility to seek justice for any harm that you have sustained. In Jacqueline Martin's medical malpractice case, all negligent parties were held liable for the gross mistreatment of their patient. Contact a North Carolina personal injury lawyer from Lanier Law group, P.A., to seek the same rightful compensation.

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