Posted on February 18th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
A Dallas man who contracted an MSRA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection six years ago, which caused him to lose parts of all his limbs, won a $17.5 million judgment this week.
The 5-year old victim was diagnosed in 2003 with MSRA, an extremely dangerous strand of Staph infection that is resistant to several common antibiotics and can be fatal. He developed the infection after having ulcer surgery, and was treated by an infectious disease specialist, who gave him eight different antibiotics but not the one needed to treat MSRA.
At the time, the doctor was one of seven doctors who saw the victim, and no one knew what kind of infection he had. The victim went into septic shock and developed gangrene in all four of his limbs before doctors finally realized he had MSRA and treated him properly. He had to have emergency surgery to amputate both his arms under his elbows and both legs under the knee.
The Dallas jury found that the doctor was 100 percent liable for what happened, but agreed he was not guilty of gross-negligence. The hospital and three other doctors named in the suit settled with the victim before the trial.
When a physician or a health care provider makes a mistake or fails to take appropriate action to prevent harm, the patient has the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you have been injured because of the mistakes of your doctor, call the Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Page Cagle in St. Louis today for a free consultation. Call Zane T. Cagle at 1(314) 276-1681