Misdiagnosis awards $7.5 million to a man in MRSA infection lawsuit

David Fitzgerald, a maintenance man in an apartment complex in North Dallas underwent a surgery for ulcers at RHD Memorial Medical Center in Farmers Branch, Texas. During his stay he developed an infection known as MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

This is a deadly bacterial infection which enters into bloodstream and weakens the immune system. Strongly resistant to many type of antibiotics.

Dr. Meenakshi S. Prabhakar, an infectious disease specialist treated the plaintiff with eight different antibiotics, but the infection was known to be resistant to all of them, and the doctor failed to prescribe the one that treats MRSA.

In the meantime, Fitzgerald developed gangrene and required both of his arms to be removed below the elbows and both of his legs to be removed below the knees.

A Dallas country jury found that Dr. Prabhakar’s misdiagnosis and negligent treatment was 100% responsible for Fitzgerald’s injuries and awarded $17.5 million in the Texas medical malpractice lawsuit.

But the statutory cap in Texas limits the non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000. Hence the jury reduced the verdict to $7.5 million.



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