Maine Woman Awarded $6.7M in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

A woman won a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital that failed to adequately treat her husband after he sustained serious injuries from an ATV accident.A Maine woman was awarded $6.7 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit for the 2005 death of her husband at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

The lawsuit was filed in Penobscot County in 2009 by Paula Braley over the death of her husband, Thomas Braley, who died on his 44th birthday, according to the Bangor Daily News. Braley was reportedly seriously injured after an ATV accident and was flown to the hospital in question for medical treatment.

However, in the lawsuit Paula Braley alleges that doctors – namely, Lawrence Nelson, who is listed as a defendant – failed to follow up on tests indicating that Thomas Braley was experiencing internal bleeding, a move that allegedly caused one of his lungs to collapse and led to a fatal heart attack.

The award is one of the largest ever awarded by a Maine jury in a medical malpractice case, the Bangor Daily News reports. However, sources say the amount will likely be reduced due to caps the state legislature has placed for conscious suffering, loss of companionship and emotional distress.

There were 804 reported fatalities connected caused by ATV accidents in 2005, according to ATVSafety.gov. The site estimates there were also 136,700 emergency room visits connected with the vehicles that year.