Jury Awards Northern California Woman $22M in Medical Suit

March 22, 2012

A jury has awarded a Menlo Park woman $22 million in damages in her medical malpractice lawsuit against the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

Forty-eight-year-old Robyn Frankel was paralyzed from her neck down after undergoing a procedure several years ago to check the blood flow in a vein in her brain.

Her attorney, Jeff Mitchell, told the Palo Alto Daily News that Frankel had gone in to the medical foundation seeking treatment for migraines, and the procedure was unnecessary.

The Santa Clara County jury found the medical foundation negligent and issued the award for economic losses and suffering on Monday.

Mitchell says the money will help Frankel pay for her care.

The Daily News reports that the medical foundation and its attorney did not respond to its requests for comment.

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