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Pennsylvania man awarded nearly $9 million for loss of his legs

Though most doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in Pennsylvania are hardworking and dedicated, it is an unfortunate reality that medical malpractice happens. Careless mistakes in the examination room or on the operating table can have lifelong consequences for the patient. Even if the malpractice is not fatal, you could face a lifelong disability that severely affects your quality of life and ability to care for yourself.

A financial settlement or court verdict cannot turn back the clock to prevent the doctor’s mistake from happening, it can help you and your family protected financially for something that should not have happened. In a recent example, a Pennsylvania man whose surgeon cost him his lower legs was awarded nearly $9 million in his medical malpractice lawsuit.

According to the Allentown Morning Call, the plaintiff suffered prolonged septic shock while under the surgeon’s care. Septic shock is a condition triggered by an infection that affects blood flow in your body and can lead to gangrene.

The Morning Call article does not mention how long the man suffered from septic shock, or why the surgeon missed his symptoms. Eventually, blood clots cut off circulation to the plaintiff’s feet. Surgeons at another hospital were forced to amputate both of his legs at the calf, along with parts of some of his fingers.

After a three-week trial, the jury found the surgeon not liable, but ordered his hospital parent company, Butler Health System, to pay the plaintiff and his wife $8.78 million. This money will most likely help pay for the patient’s medical bills that were caused by the malpractice, as well as other costs.

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