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$6.7 Million Awarded In Maine Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

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A Penobscot County jury award Paula Braley $6.7 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit she brought against Eastern Maine Medical Center and surgeon Dr. Lawrence Nelson, after her husband, Thomas Braley Sr., 44, died on May 8, 2005 from internal bleeding.

Braley rolled his ATV on May 6, 2005, and was taken to EMMC for treatment. Along with injuries that included several broken ribs, there was an indication of internal bleeding. The lawsuit claimed that Nelson, who was treating Braley, failed to order follow up X-rays to monitor the internal bleeding.

Braley’s family was at the hospital celebrating his birthday and Mother’s Day when pressure from the internal bleeding caused his lung to collapse. The lack of oxygen caused a massive heart attack and Braley died in front of his wife, children and parents, 36 hours after being admitted.

The lawsuit alleged that Braley’s death could have been avoided if the doctor would have used a chest tube to drain the “accumulating fluid.”

Nelson’s attorney said that he and his client “truly believe that the medical evidence proved that Mr. Braley died of an unexpected and unpredictable rupture of an intercostal artery and that no test, lab or evaluation could have predicted or prevented what happened.”

The jury awarded $11,000 for funeral and burial costs, $1 million for Braley’s suffering before death, $1,2 million for loss of economic support and $4.5 million for loss of companionship and emotional distress.

The $6.7 million dollar award is likely to be reduced because damages for conscious suffering, loss of companionship and emotional distress have been capped at $300,000 or $400,000. disclaimer: This article: $6.7 Million Awarded In Maine Medical Malpractice Lawsuit was posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 7:25 pm at and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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