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Most of $8.5 Million Award Upheld In Medical Misdiagnosis Case

Published March 30, 2009 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

USA Today reports a federal judge has upheld most of the $8.5 million he awarded in a medical misdiagnosis case.

In 2002, a doctor at Scott Air Force Base, in southern Illinois, misdiagnosed the ex-wife of a captain when she came to him with a rash on her arm and he assumed she was an addict wanting prescription drugs.

The rash turned out to be a flesh eating bacteria. The woman lost the use of her arm and was awarded $8.5 million by a federal judge.

The government requested the award for damages be cut by over $1 million, but the judge let most of the original award stand and cut the damages by less than $63,000.

A physician is determined to be negligent when he or she fails to use the same degree of skill and learning that are used by other members of the medical profession. Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has vast experience in medical malpractice lawsuits. Experience counts. If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered due to medical malpractice, call our 24-hour answering service at (607) 235-2754 or contact us via our online contact form. All calls and inquiries are responded to the same day, usually within one hour. There is no case-review cost.

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