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Texas man wins $10 million in medical malpractice case

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Jul 09 2009 at 11:54 AM
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HOUSTON, TX – A Texas man was awarded $10 million in a medical malpractice case against Methodist Hospital and the doctors who treated him.

It was for a heart surgery that John German, a healthy mechanic, was admitted in Methodist Hospital, but he never walked out. German is now sitting in a wheelchair missing his parts.

German said he had an allergic reaction to the blood thinner Heparin. During the surgery, German suffered Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT), a complication that occurs when the blood clots instead of thinning.

German said it was too late by the time the doctors could do something. He lost leg from mid-thigh down, part of his right foot and a few fingers.

German said he was so scared that he thought he was not going to live any more.

Jury found that Methodist nurses failed for days to identify and treat German’s condition and awarded him $10 million for his pain and suffering.

Anyway, in the future, any Texas patient is not likely to get compensation in millions in a medical malpractice case. The Texas Torte Reform Law has capped the amount of non-economic damages a patient can claim and that cap is $250,000.

The hospital is planning to appeal the case.

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