In Fayette County, Kentucky, a woman was awarded just under $10 million after routine heart surgery left her paraplegic. It was decided in court that the surgeon who operated was 31% responsible for the malpractice. Verdicts against the other defendants (two facilities) were moot because they were already settled before trial. This could be the largest medical malpractice award in Fayette County’s history.

Latricia Satterwhite, the plaintiff in the case, had surgery on her mitral valve in April of 2006; the surgery was successful. But according to medical experts, the surgeon misplaced the cannula (long thin tubing) for a machine that pumps blood during the surgery. Misplacement of the cannula caused too much blood and oxygen to be pumped to her right hand and too little to her brain and spinal cord. Ms. Sattterwhite can no longer walk. She also suffered brain damage.

If you live in the Columbus, Ohio area and have suffered due to medical negligence or medical malpractice, please contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Robert W. Kerpsack, Co, LPA today to schedule your confidential consultation.