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Jurors award hurge medical malpractice verdict to double amputee

A man who worked as a press foreman for approximately 15 years at a company outside Texas is now permanently disabled. His devastating injuries were caused by medical malpractice. Following the incidents that led to his current condition, his wife was forced to work two jobs just to make ends meet for their family.

The man filed a personal injury claim against the hospital. Jurors awarded him nearly $9 million, the largest verdict ever reported in that county, and the hospital was found negligent and 100 percent liable for the man's suffering. It all began when he had surgery to correct a condition involving an abnormal connection between his colon and his urinary bladder.

In a follow-up procedure a month later, his surgeon removed part of his colon, then used staples to put the rest of it back together. In the claim the plaintiff later filed, it stated that he never fully recovered from that surgery. He was in and out of the hospital several different times. On one of those occasions, he went to the hospital with severe abdominal pain.

For some unknown reason, hospital staff waited 12 hours before they told his surgeon, but by that time, it was too late. Even though he was eventually transported to another hospital and doctors there were able to save his life, complications set in because of the prior delay in treatment, causing him to become a double amputee with both legs removed below the knees. He also lost a thumb and a finger. Had the man's surgeon been immediately informed, he may have been able to do what was necessary to prevent the amputations. Anyone in Texas who has suffered injury due to medical malpractice may pursue justice against the party or parties deemed responsible by filing claims in civil court.

Source:, "Jury awards $9 million in malpractice case against Butler Health System", Ben Schmitt |, Oct. 10, 2016

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