Victim wins $62 million medical malpractice suit

It can be almost impossible to quantify the value of something like one’s health and well-being. Similarly, no one can truly put a price on an individual’s lifestyle or body. Though, that is exactly what juries are expected to do when they decide how much a victim is entitled to in a Maryland medical malpractice lawsuit. While no judgment could have been enough to make up for the extent or severity of medical mistakes she endured, one woman may finally be able to move on with her life now that a jury recently ruled in her favor.

It may have taken 12 weeks to complete, but the New York medical malpractice lawsuit involving a woman that was rendered permanently disabled by the actions and negligence of her attending doctors and hospital is finally over. The jury ruled that the medical malpractice victim is entitled to a total of $62 million for her injuries and continued pain. The 34-year-old woman will receive $4 million for medical costs, $38 million for any future pain she may endure as a result of her disability and $20 million for the trauma she has already sustained.

The hospital identified as the defendant in the malpractice suit continues to argue that its physicians actually saved the woman’s life and that no wrongdoing was committed. According to the plaintiff’s suit and the jury’s decision, however, mistakes made during and after a procedure to remove the woman’s ectopic pregnancy directly resulted in her developing a life-threatening infection and gangrene. It was because of the gangrene infection and severe blood poisoning that the woman suffered hearing loss and the double amputation of her legs.

Now that the medical malpractice trial is over and the plaintiff feels a sense of justice, hopefully she can progress.

Source: International Business Times, “Stacey Galette Lawsuit: Double Amputee Awarded $62M After Routine Surgery Leaves Her Without Legs, Brooklyn Mom ‘Happy Justice Was Served’,” Philip Ross, Jan. 11, 2014

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