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Man loses legs to medical malpractice

Many West Virginia residents are familiar with western Pennsylvania. A town north of Pittsburgh was recently the site of what is reported to be the largest medical malpractice verdict in that part of the state.The $9 million price to be paid by a hospital pales in comparison to the price paid by the victim of a surgeon's negligence, however. The 52-year-old man lost the lower parts of both legs to a series of bad medical decisions that resulted in septic shock. 

When justice is whittled down

When the amount of money is large, the damage is always heart-breaking. That is exactly the case in a recently decided medical malpractice case in which a jury sided with a family. They had argued that they lost a loved one due to negligence by the medical staff at a Baltimore hospital.The man had gone to the facility in 2013 with kidney problems. During treatment, he was administered a drug to address his elevated potassium levels. The lawsuit stated that the medication severely damaged the man's colon and caused his death. The jury agreed, awarding the family $10 million. 

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