Florida Paraplegic Awarded $14M After Doctor Botches Unnecessary Surgery

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A Florida man has been awarded $14 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after his doctor performed unnecessary surgery and then botched the procedure, leaving the man a paraplegic, unable to care for himself and in need of around the clock care for the rest of his life.

Florida medical malpractice

This Broward County Florida medical malpractice lawsuit involves 53 year old Francis Zadie, an optometrist and father of four. According to news reports, Zadie was admitted to Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida in May of 2002 complaining of dizziness. Tests indicated that he suffered a stroke and hospital doctors consulted with Dr. Hoang Dinh Doung, an interventional neuroradiologist. Doung recommended that a stent be placed into Zadie’s artery, but during the procedure, Doung punctured Zadie’s arterial wall, leaving him a paraplegic, without bowel or bladder control, unable to speak clearly, unable to get out of bed and unable to feed or care for himself.

FL med mal damages

He hired a Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorney and filed a lawsuit against the hospital and Dr. Doung. He settled his case against the hospital for an undisclosed amount, but the case against the doctor went to trial. A Florida jury awarded him $14 million in medical malpractice damages – $5 million for his future care needs, $8 million for pain, suffering and mental anguish and another $1 million for his four sons.

Have you been injured?

Med mal cases occur when a healthcare provider, doctor, nurse, hospital or other licensed person or facility violates a standard of care during treatment which causes an injury. Medical malpractice can include birth injuries, cancer misdiagnosis, heart attack misdiagnosis, cases involving veterans and many more. If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence, contact an experienced Florida medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your situation. However, it’s important to realize that Florida’s time limit, or statute of limitations, to file a medical malpractice lawsuit is generally two years from the date when the incident was or should have been discovered.

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