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Judge Awards Paraplegic $16 Million For Botched Surgery

Dec 1, 2004 | AP
Surgery Procedure

Misdiagnosis And Botched Surgery Left Her A Paraplegic.

A Lake County judge has awarded $16 million to a 46-year-old Gary woman who claimed that a misdiagnosis and botched surgery left her a paraplegic.

Karen Dehart sued after a Merrillville doctor allegedly misdiagnosed her back tumor and a neurosurgeon at another hospital cut out part of her spinal cord instead of the tumor in 1996. The surgery left her legs permanently paralyzed.

Indiana's Medical Malpractice Law Imposes A Cap On Awards.

Her attorney says the award may be a record for injuries suffered as a result of medical malpractice in Indiana. Dehart, however, will only receive a fraction of the $16 million amount because Indiana's medical malpractice law imposes a cap on awards.

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