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Serious surgical errors result in $109 million award to patient

| Feb 1, 2018 | Medical Malpractice

A woman in another state lost her feet and hands years ago as a result of a botched surgery to eliminate an ovarian cyst. However, she was awarded a whopping $109 million by a jury recently. Anyone in West Virginia or elsewhere who suffers as a result of surgical errors likewise has the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

In the recent out-of-state case, the 52-year-old woman claimed that as a result of the mistakes her doctor made during her gynecological operation, she suffered complications that resulted in gangrene in her feet and hands. She thus had to endure four amputations. In addition, she continues to suffer abdominal pain after her surgeon nearly severed her small intestine and failed to address the problem properly. Apparently, bacteria ended up destroying the lower part of her bowel area.

Prior to the surgery, the woman held a job as a government intelligence analyst. However, she now has to use a wheelchair. In addition, she needs help with simple tasks such as bathing and eating.

Unfortunately, doctors in West Virginia and other states do not always exercise a reasonable degree of care when operating on patients, which can easily lead to serious surgical errors. However, patients who are harmed due to these errors may choose file medical malpractice claims, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. A damage award cannot undo the events that led to the patient’s harm, but it may help the patient to experience a much-needed sense of closure in light of the circumstances surrounding the documented medical malpractice incident.

Source:, “Woman who lost hands and feet to botched ovarian cyst surgery deserves $109 million, Tampa jury says“, Dan Sullivan, Jan. 29, 2018