Last year, I had to get brain surgery in Louisville, Kentucky. I had suffered from migraines for years and I finally went to a neurologist to get the pain resolved. The first thing the neurologist did was schedule a brain MRI. I didn’t expect them to find anything in the MRI because I assumed my migraines were caused by stress. But unfortunately, they found an aneurysm.
I considered myself lucky that they found the aneurysm when they did. Most people don’t discover aneurysms in their brain until they rupture and, at that point, it’s too late. An aneurysm can kill you instantly. I was relieved to hear that the aneurysm was likely causing my headaches. An explanation was good. My neurologist determined that brain surgery to clip off the aneurysm was the best decision.
Although I was scared, I thought brain surgery would solve my problems. Little did I know, brain surgery was only the beginning of the many problems yet to come.
Problems After Surgery
As I woke up from surgery, I thought everything had gone right. I felt okay at first, until the recovery began. Suddenly, my head began to throb. I knew something wasn’t right. I went back to the doctor for a check-up. After getting a second MRI, I discovered that my brain surgeon had left staples inside my head! I was traumatized. I would never recover after this negligence. I had to undergo a second surgery.
My luck was terrible, but I had to soldier on and get through the second surgery if I wanted to heal. I found a new surgeon and fixed the issue. Afterward, I immediately hired a Louisville medical malpractice lawyer. With the help of my attorney, I sued the first doctor for my damages.
The Lessons Learned
In my settlement, I recovered compensation for all of my second surgical expenses as well as my lost income from taking time out of work to recover. I also won money for my pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.
It was hard for me to gain trust in doctors again after such an unlucky experience. I’m glad the first doctor found my aneurysm and saved my life, but I’m so disappointed in how he handled my operation. I can only hope this doctor was an exception to the typical standard of care. Moving forward, I’ll do my due diligence when choosing the medical professionals to treat me.