A Harris County Texas jury has ruled in favor of a Houston man in a medical malpractice case, awarding him $10 million in damages stemming from a lawsuit against Methodist Hospital and the doctors who treated him there.
John German developed gangrene that required the amputation of his left leg above the knee, all the toes on his right foot and all of his fingers in the aftermath of heart surgery in 2002 .
“It’s been a long time coming, but I feel vindicated,” said German, who was a 32-year-old mechanic at the time of the care.
Under the judgment, Methodist is responsible for half of the $10 million. The jury assessed percentages of the other half to doctors who settled.
The jury was able to award substantial non-economic damages because the state’s $250,000 cap had not been imposed at the time of the medical treatment.
German was a patient at Methodist from September to December 2002, undergoing open-heart surgery for an improperly functioning valve. He then had one follow-up operation to repair stitches that gave way, and another to implant an artificial valve.
The lawsuit alleged that Methodist’s staff failed to monitor German for blood disorders after administering the drug Heparin, a widely used blood thinner known to have side effects that can include an immunological reaction that causes excessive bleeding.
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