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Why Is the Victim of a Flesh Eating Bacteria Suing for Malpractice?

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2016 | Medical Malpractice |

On May 25, 2015, a 34-year-old former marine went to her local urgent care center. However, the nurses and doctors failed to realize what her symptoms meant, and soon the brave veteran and mother of two was fighting for her life. Luckily, the woman survived, but at a high price… And we aren’t just talking about her medical bills.

Is the Survivor of a Flesh Eating Bacteria Suing for Malpractice?

Her illness originally started with shoulder pain, but the woman’s problems quickly advanced to sepsis. In order to save her life, doctors had to amputate both legs below her knees, her right arm above the elbow, parts of her left hand, and parts of the muscles on the left side of her back. When all was said and done, she had incurred $1.6 million in medical expenses, but were these medical procedures necessary?

After doing some research, the woman at the center of this case believes that there was an inexcusable delay in her diagnosis. It took over 24 hours for doctors to identify her infection and begin treatment, but she says her symptoms were obvious to diagnose. Now the former marine claims that if doctors had diagnosed her quickly and properly, she wouldn’t have needed the amputations that have disabled her. She claims she would still have all her limbs, be able to care for her children and work if not for the delayed diagnosis.

This Gwinnet County woman has now taken Northeast Georgia Health System to court over these alleged medical errors. At stake are her $1.6 million medical bill and $10 million for future healthcare expenses and lost wages. Do you think she has a case? Log on to Twitter and Facebook to share your opinions about this case, and stick around our blog to learn more about medical malpractice from the Macon attorneys who will fight for you.