Authored By: Amanda Unterreiner
53-year-old mother of four was awarded $25.3 million in a medical malpractice suit in Milwaukee where she lost both of her arms and legs.
According to an article written by Shapiro & Appleton, the woman was rushed to Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital with severe abdominal pain, fever and a rapid heartbeat. She spent nine hours in the hospital before she was released and told to call her gynecologist.
Reportedly, later that evening, she collapsed at home and was taken to a different emergency room, where they diagnosed her with a septic infection caused by Strep A. The hospital was able to stop the infection, but not before she suffered enough vascular damage to require the amputation of all four limbs.
According to Gacovino Lake’s news article, the doctors were originally treating for a possible infection, but did not tell her of this diagnosis and did not give her the option of an antibiotic treatment before sending her home.
She was awarded $25,300,000 by the jury, including $15 million for pain and suffering and $1.5 million for her husband’s loss of companionship.
For more information about this case, view the article here.
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