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$1 Million Awarded In Vermont Medical Malpractice Death

Published May 20, 2009 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

A federal jury awarded almost $1 million to a 79-year-old Vermont resident’s family on May 15, ending a lawsuit filed in 2006 against Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The woman underwent coronary bypass surgery at the medical center in August 2005 and was readmitted two days later because she had difficulty breathing.

After determining the woman was suffering from low blood sugar, health care workers gave her IV doses of glucose after which her hand swelled, felt numb, and turned blue. Eventually she had two of her fingers and part of her hand amputated, after which she developed a serious bacterial infection. She died of a heart attack caused by the infection in November 2005.

The lawsuit alleged several instances of negligence against the medical staff at the medical center, including using the wrong type of IV line, and failing to recognize and properly treat the complications caused when the IV fluid leaked outside her veins.

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) 724-7700 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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