Skip to comments.Florida Woman Loses Arms, Legs After Misdiagnosis
Posted on 05/29/2009 12:31:12 PM PDT by ak267
DAVIE, Fla. When the sharp pain shooting through Lisa Strong's back got worse, she thought it was another kidney stone and expected the discomfort to pass. This time was different.
Through a series of mistakes, miscommunications and misdiagnoses, she wound up having her arms and legs amputated. She sued the doctors, who essentially blamed one another for what everyone involved agrees were profound errors.
Everyone except the jury that ruled against Strong.
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You know, this isn’t the first time I’ve read about some hospital in Florida chopping off the wrong extremity.
R.I. hospital fined for 3rd wrong-side brain surgery this year
Unless it’s Shands-Mayo in Gainesville, Fla’s a bad place to get sick. Just the other day, I posted how it is in Fla. It’s not inexpensive health care. It’s inefficient.
Did you read the story?
It was not a wrong limb chop off. The title is misleading. Apparently she had a delay in surgery for a kidney stone, a few hours, and got sepsis and gangrene in extremities. The amputations were reasonable,,
Zero’s DeathCare will make this look good. You can bet the Elitist Gods in DC won’t partake of the BS they shove on the American people.
My friend’s wife died after misdiagnosis. The jury felt sorry for the doctor and ruled no negligence.
For a jury to find no fault in a case like this beggars my mind. Either she had a bad lawyer or the defendants had an excellent one or both. BUT I wasn’t there for the proceedings, you just never know what may have clicked with the jury. The retrail (if any) should be interesting!
Except that isn't what happened here. She had a kidney stone which led to infection and septic shock. Blood flow to her extremeties was naturally lessened (to preserve blood flow to more vital organs-a protective measure by the body) and her arms and legs basically started to rot and needed to be amputated.
What MAY have happened (I'm no lawyer) is something similar to a case my lawyer told me about. In Ohio, a neglegent party must be found at least 51% responsible to be liable. If you have several parties involved who made mistakes, is possible that no one reaches 51%. Thus no one is held accountable.
Again, not a lawyer, but this is my understanding.
Dr. Jason Strong can misdiagnose cholecystitis over the telephone for a woman with a history of kidney stones; he ought to be made to go to that woman’s house and cook for her every night for the next year.
I lost a brother in a case like this. He was crushed against a wall by a forklift and taken to the hospital at about 3 a.m. There was no doctor on duty, so they telephoned the on-call physician who “diagnosed” Jim over the phone and decided that there was no reason for further treatment. The ruptured artery in Jim’s chest continued to bleed and in two hours he was dead.
Of course she should lose her case. She doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
Sounds like the movie I watched yesterday, “The Hospital” from 1971 with George C. Scott.
Florida juries are packed with elderly people who base their decisions on their life experiences. They don’t want to be impolite to insurance companies. The “polite” generation in Florida makes for terrible trials in Florida. The insurance companies luv those old fogies who got by on a nickel back in the day and walked ten miles to school in the snow and they think everyone else should settle for a nickel too. They don’t want to be impolite to the doctors either. Legs, arms, who cares as long as they get their social security check and their medicare.
I saw that Hospital movie in 1971.
You should rent it again.
“We cure nothing! We heal nothing!”
“Where do you train your nurses, Mrs. Christie ? Dachau !?!”
LOL I was going to post the same line....black comedy is funny in a sick way....I laughed all the way through that movie...Another great George Scott performance...
Why did the jury feel sorry for the doctor?
Wow- WA is the opposite- if a person is even 2% liable, they can be sued with the rest of them. And get this- if the rest can't pay, the party with 2% liability will end up paying the WHOLE thing. We had a case where U-Haul was found to have about 5% liability in the case, and the settlement was in the millions. The guy who was 95% liable couldn't pay, so guess who was on the hook??
Ky law works the same way. Basically, the jury can hear the whole story and decide themselves which party is liable for any percent of damages.
They seemed to say, 'The wife is dead. Why ruin the doctor now?'
If you didn't write it down, it didn't happen. First thing they taught me as an EMT.