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Man suffers severe brain injury during surgery in Illinois

Many individuals are forced to undergo major health procedures every day. These tasks are performed by surgeons who undergo years of extensive training and preparation. In many surgeries, there is little to no room for error, and negligence of any form can cause a patient to suffer permanent damage, such as a brain injury. Patients in Illinois expect a surgeon to be capable of properly performing their procedures and ensuring no long-term injuries occur as a result.

Recently in another state, a man was scheduled to undergo heart valve replacement surgery. During the procedure, air bubbles entered his arteries and traveled to his brain, resulting in serious brain damage. A lawsuit was filed alleging medical malpractice, claiming that the facility failed to provide a capable surgeon for the procedure.

Injuries to the brain are often severe and can have a major impact on a person's life. Individuals who suffer in this way can develop problems with learning and/or memory loss. Brain damage can also cause a person to experience difficulty with speech and thought process. These injuries often include long-term or permanent treatment and create many hardships for a patient.

Long-term treatment for a brain injury often leads to extensive medical expenses. Similar injuries are also debilitating, causing a victim to experience difficulty performing daily tasks. If the injury is caused by the negligence of a doctor and/or medical facility, a victim may seek restitution through the civil justice system. Since the process can be complex, many people in Illinois speak with an experienced attorney for assistance in filing a claim against the party deemed at fault.

Source:, "Medical malpractice judgment might be largest in state history", Jonathan Ellis, March 3, 2017

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