A Brooklyn, New York mother has received a settlement from the city of Brooklyn, New York and from a local Brooklyn hospital and two of its doctors for her severe losses suffered as a result of alleged medical malpractice that cost her her feet, her hands, and her sight in one eye.
In September, 2008, the woman went to the Brooklyn Hospital Center’s emergency room in severe pain, where she was diagnosed with a kidney stone and discharged to home with painkillers. The next day she was in excruciating pain and had numbness that led her to call 911 twice so that she could be transported back to the emergency room. However, the responding New York Fire Department’s emergency crew failed to transport her back to the hospital.
The following day, the woman’s fiance rushed her back to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with sepsis throughout her body that caused her to develop gangrene in her arms and legs and to fall into a coma. By the time she awoke from the coma, her feet (her legs below her knees) and her hands (above her wrists) had been amputated in order to save her life and she was legally blind in one eye.
She filed a medical malpractice claim for her life-long debilitating losses that she litigated for three years and which survived a motion to dismiss before the city of Brooklyn settled the claims against it for $8.5 million and the Brooklyn Hospital Center and two of its doctors settled the claims against them for $9.4 million.
If not treated timely and properly, sepsis (a massive systemic bacterial blood infection) can quickly lead to catastrophic injuries or death. The death rate from severe sepsis can be as high as 30% to 50% (of the more than 750,000 people in the United States who suffer from severe sepsis each year, about 28% (approximately 215,000) will die). In fact, sepsis is the leading cause of death in non-coronary ICU units. Source Sepsis is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. There were 1,017,616 deaths due to sepsis in the United States between 1999 and 2005 (6% of all deaths) . Source
If you acquired sepsis or another serious infection while hospitalized or as a result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering and losses. The prompt advice of a medical malpractice attorney may help you decide if you have a potential medical malpractice claim.
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