Insurance company to pay $23 million in surgical delay medical malpractice case

A judge recently denied a motion by an insurance company requesting a new trial in the case of a young girl who died tragically due to medical malpractice. In 1996, a high-school girl went to the hospital, complaining of severe abdominal pain.

A 15 hour delay in surgery caused the girl to lose her bowel and suffer 89 surgeries and three organ transplants for the next two years until she met her untimely death in 1998 due to an infection. In 2004 a jury awarded the family $17.4 million which was appealed by the insurance company. Since 2004 the award has been collecting interest. With the denial of the insurance company’s motion, the family stands to collect nearly $23 million from the insurance company, $2.5 million of which will go to reimburse the county for medical expenses.

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