Jury Awards $3.85 Million to Woman Severely Injured by Medical Mistake

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Represented by the Law Firm of Pedersen and Whitehead, a Twin Falls Woman obtained a $3.85 million verdict due to negligent catheter removal causing her to develop an air embolism

Twin Falls, Idaho personal injury law firm of Pedersen & Whitehead, attorney for plaintiff, Joyce Herrett, announces that on July 8, 2016, a jury in the Fifth Judicial District in Twin Falls County, Idaho awarded $3.85 million to compensate Mrs. Herrett for injuries inflicted by a medical error.

Court records reflect that while in the process of removing a central venous catheter from Joyce Herrett's neck to prepare her for discharge from St. Luke's Valley Regional Medical Center on Christmas Eve in 2013, the registered nurse failed to follow established medical protocol necessary to avoid injury to the patient. The nurse’s failure caused an air embolism and stroke resulting in permanent brain damage. Mrs. Herrett spent the next two months in the hospital undergoing intense rehabilitation, learning to walk and talk and reacquire basic cognitive and physical skills. Mrs. Herrett will continue to need ongoing rehabilitation as well as round-the-clock care for the rest of her life.

Mrs. Herrett commenced litigation to recover over $400,000 in related medical expenses and over $1,500,000 in anticipated expenses for future care. After an eight-day trial, including one whole day of testimony devoted solely to the task of establishing the cost of future medical bills, the jury returned a verdict for the Herretts in the amount of $3.85 million for their damages.

The case described above is Rodney Herrett and Joyce Herrett v. St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional Medical Center, Case number CV-2015-573, in Twin Falls County District Court. The Herretts were represented by attorney Jarom Whitehead of Pedersen & Whitehead in Twin Falls.

About Pedersen & Whitehead

With over 50 years of combined experience, the dedicated attorneys at Pedersen and Whitehead have successfully represented thousands of clients in helping them recover tens of millions of dollars from serious personal injuries. Through our meticulous case preparation and close, individual work with each of our clients, we offer the finest quality legal representation to help you achieve the best recovery possible for your case.

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Jarom Whitehead
Pedersen and Whitehead
161 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 301
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Toll Free: (844) 570-2552
Phone: (208) 734-2552

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