Jury Awards Woman $23 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

An Alachua County Florida jury awarded a woman $23 million in damages after she became severely disabled following a botched neurosurgical procedure. In 2006, Lanette Gervato sought medical attention for severe headaches at the University of Florida’s Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Diagnostic test found an aneurysm in her brain. Surgery was subsequently performed during which coils were inserted into her brain. Unfortunately, one of the coils perforated one of the arteries in her brain. Other medical errors followed after that. According to court testimony, Gervato displayed symptoms of a post-operative stroke. These symptoms were observed by a nurse who failed to act on the symptoms. By the time doctors did react to the symptoms, it was too late. Ms. Gervato suffered further neurological damage.
As a result of the medical errors and medical malpractice, Lanette Gervato is completely and permanently disabled. Her husband is unable to work because he has to care for his wife. Their lives have been permanently altered.