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Jury returns $5.8 million verdict for failure to get informed consent

A jury has recently awarded $5.8 million to the family of a man when a hospital’s medical malpractice led to amputation of his leg below the knee. The man, a diabetic with poor circulation, went to the hospital with a broken ankle. Doctors, at that time, decided to wait for the swelling to go down before operating. However, when the swelling had not gone down a week later, doctors failed to inform the man of the increased risks of surgery. The surgery on the diabetic man’s swollen ankle led to complications: the swelling worsened and his leg developed a large amount of drainage. The leg eventually became gangrenous and had to be amputated. The man died earlier this year from an unrelated heart attack.

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