Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 1:27 pm
A family has been awarded $34 million in a medical malpractice case after woman was improperly treated and suffered brain damage as a consequence of this failure in care.
The incident occurred in 2004 when the woman went to a hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y. in order to receive treatment for low sodium. When patients suffer from low sodium, or hyponatremia, their sodium levels should be elevated slowly, with no more than 10 to 12 units in a 24 hour period.
However, this woman’s sodium level was raised 27 units in only 14 hours. She was left with brain damage and her capacities for speech and physical movement were both severely impaired as a result. The family was awarded $34 million, and most of the money will go toward around the clock care for the woman.
If you or your loved one has been harmed due to the administration of improper treatment, the Scranton medical malpractice lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., may be able to help. Contact us at to learn more.