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Medical malpractice lawsuit awards $1.2M after botched biopsy

Most, if not all, Tennessee residents want what's best for their children and would go to any length to get their kids the best medical care possible. How upsetting, then, to hear of a case in another state where medical malpractice left a then-teenage girl with such severe nerve damage that she is expected to be affected for the rest of her life. The young lady, now 22 years old, continues to have pain and numbness in her leg from a botched biopsy procedure that took place in 2013.

According to reports, the then-high school student and all-star tennis player consulted a doctor regarding a benign bone growth in her left leg. The physician decided to perform a biopsy of the osteochondroma. It was during this allegedly unnecessary surgical procedure that he apparently cut a nerve. The resulting damage left the girl in a wheelchair for months, requiring ongoing physical therapy before she even regained her ability to walk.

Not only was the teen forced to attend her high school graduation ceremony and her senior prom in a wheelchair, but she will likely never play tennis again. While the young lady later had the bone growth removed by another physician, the pain and numbness from which she suffers as a result of the initial botched procedure are expected to last her entire life. The lawsuit argued that the biopsy could have been done at the same time and not a separate surgery. Additionally, the defendant purportedly failed to fully inform the girl and her parents of alternative treatment options.

The lawsuit claimed that the doctor's actions were inexcusable and that he should be held accountable for the substandard medical care he provided that left his patient permanently injured. The jury clearly agreed, awarding the plaintiff $1.2 million. Residents of Tennessee who have similarly been left suffering due to a doctor's error or other type of substandard care may wish to contact a local medical malpractice lawyer in the Clarksville area, who can offer advice and counsel on legal options for pursuing just compensation.

Source: nj.com, "Student forced to attend prom in wheelchair awarded $1.2M in malpractice case", Jessica Mazzola, Oct. 30, 2017

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