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UTMC pays $499K for misdiagnosis

The University of Toledo Medical Center has reached an agreement in a lawsuit filed by a patient for medical malpractice. Specifically, the patient alleged that the hospital's failure to diagnose his brain bleed led to a stroke. The hospital has agreed to pay $499,900 to the patient to settle his claim. The settlement agreement has been approved by the courts.

The plaintiff claimed he was a patient at the hospital in 2011 and cited several incidents of hospital error during his stay, including mismanagement of medications, failure to monitor his condition, and failure to follow up on or report the results of a CT scan. He claims that this mismanagement led to a stroke that caused traumatic brain injury and led to his permanent, partial disability. He stated that he lost vision in the left field of both eyes and lost some of his motor function.

The hospital has refused to take responsibility for the errors, claiming that the patient's privacy right prohibited statements on the case. However, in settling the case, the hospital stressed that it was not admitting liability. In many cases in which defendants agree to settle, they do so without admitting liability for the actions, claiming that settling the case is less expensive than defending it.

Those who have received poor treatment from a health care organization or professional may be entitled to damages. In order to collect these damages, it is often necessary to consult a medical malpractice attorney and file a lawsuit. Patients who have suffered irreparable harm from an incident of medical malpractice may be entitled to collect the costs of past and future medical care, money to compensate for pain and suffering, and other damages.

Source: The Toledo Blade, "UTMC agrees to pay $499,900 to settle lawsuit," Mar. 2, 2013

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