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Teenager is awarded one of largest medical malpractice awards

Many people in Missouri, throughout the course of their lives, find themselves needing surgery. Often this surgery is of a relatively routine nature. Though common procedures, most people are aware that they are not without risk; however, patients should be able to reasonably expect that appropriate action will be taken in a timely manner to ensure that -- at the very least -- they are in no worse condition than before the procedure was performed. Unfortunately, medical malpractice can ultimately have a significant impact on the rest of a person's life.

Such appears to be the case for a young woman in another state. According to reports, she underwent surgery in 2011, when she was 10 years old, to correct a sideways curvature in her spine. A doctor placed metal rods in her back to "relieve the compression of the spinal cord."

Unfortunately, the metal rods had negative consequences. They resulted in the loss of bladder and bowel control as well as weakness in her arms -- issues that reports describe as permanent. It reportedly took 10 days for another doctor recognized the problems the rods were causing and remove them. After a two-week trial, the jury awarded the now 17-year-old girl $135 million, thought to be one of the largest of such awards this year in the United States.

The doctor who originally treated the young girl claims that her symptoms were the result of a blood clot, a defense that the teenager's attorney describes as "mind-boggling." Unfortunately, those in Missouri who are injured as a result of medical malpractice may face significant complications for the rest of their lives. In some cases, the only path to recourse and accountability is to file a civil lawsuit as this young woman has chosen to do. An attorney with experience with such cases can help victims take proper action.

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