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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 21, 2013

53-year-old Regina Turner went in to get a left-brain craniotomy bypass, but instead received a right brain procedure instead. She decided to have the surgery after having strokes around age 48.  The result of the improper craniotomy left the woman unable to speak intelligibly.

A craniotomy is an operation where the bone flap of the skull is temporarily removed to access the brain, where doctors can then place things like stimulator to help with things like Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy.

The woman’s head was prepped and operated on without any interference from the surgeon or staff that it was the incorrect side.  The surgeon, named only as A.L. in the lawsuit accuses the doctor of medical malpractice, negligence and carelessness and the staff with an improper setup before surgery.

The surgeon has since been named as 46-year-old Armond Levy by local papers, and is currently awaiting trial. The family is asking for $25,000, as well as enough money to account for medical bills and the round-the-clock care that Regina Turner will now need.  The $25,000 is a rough estimate, because Turner’s mental health has been severely deteriorated as well.

Before the surgery Regina functioned normally and did not require any medical supervision. The hospital has stated that this unfortunate accident will be worked out with fairness and compassion for Turner and her family. The medical malpractice lawsuit calls for punitive damages though, citing disregard for Regina’s well being.

If you or a loved one have suffered from negligence from a doctor, make sure to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to help provide you with the justice and compensation you deserve.