Fla. Amputee Gets Rare Second Chance to Sue Docs - ABC News
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- When the sharp pain shooting through Lisa Strong's back got worse, she thought it was another kidney stone and expected the discomfort to pass. This time was different.
Through a series of mistakes, miscommunications and misdiagnoses, she wound up having her arms and legs amputated. She sued the doctors, who essentially blamed one another for what everyone involved agrees were profound errors.
Everyone except the jury that ruled against Strong.
The verdict came in the face of such overwhelming evidence that in a rare move, the judge tossed out the jury's decision and ordered a new trial.
Amazing story of fragmented care with no one taking responsibility. Bless this woman. I pray that she receives the compensation she deserves to make her life comfortable.
OOPS! Sorry. I forgot to post a link. This may be the same story as PlaneFlyer found, as it is from the website of an ABC radio station:
Last edit by Jolie on May 30, '09
May 31, '09
by Vito Andolini
Since when can ER docs not admit or write orders?
Did Kocic actually tell the patient's private doc that he had to get in there to see Lisa? Did Dr. Strong agree to come in? Kocic sounds incompetent.
I really don't get the part about taking a month to diagnose.
The whole thing sounds really shoddy, sloppy. And, as usual, we don't get all of our questions answered, so cannot really know who was right and who was wrong or figure out where the error(s) were actually made. The article says the patient didn't delay going to the ER. But, as I read it, she did. Of course, once she was there, she did not get proper care anyway! And if it was thought to be acute cholecystitis, she should have been given IV abx, too. Right?
The losers? Always the patients. Of course, her jerk of a husband walked out on her. What ever happened to "for better or for worse, in sickness and in health"? Pity the poor children.
She should be getting a billion bucks, I think.
Last edit by Vito Andolini on May 31, '09
Every ER I have ever worked in, in 22 years the ER doctors technically cant admit patients. Yes the can write some basic orders after they talk to an attending and then that doctor has generally 24 hours then to see the patient.
I will admit as shoddy as some ED charting is it would not be a stretch to say she received poor care even if she didn't. I just left a facility that switched 2 years ago to an EMR. I can say the difference is night and day. And its shoddy paperwork more often that shoddy care thats going to kill you in court. Not that i condone either one.
Last edit by rjflyn on May 31, '09