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Lehigh County Jury Awards $23 Million Over Amputation

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55-year-old Sharlee Ann Smoyer was awarded $23 million, the county’s highest award ever, in a medical malpractice suit against a St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network nurse. The lawsuit named nurse Jolynn Yurchak and St. Luke’s Miners Memorial Home Care as defendants.

Smoyer’s lawsuit alleged that her home-care nurse failed to report a bacteria-infected catheter, which nearly killed her. Smoyer, who was being treated for complications due to Crohn’s disease, had to have a finger on her left hand and both her legs amputated below the knee because of the infection.

After one week of testimony, the Pennsylvania jury awarded Smoyer $23.12 million for medical expenses, lost earnings, and damages for pain and suffering. Her attorney said in an announcement, “Sharlee Smoyer was one of St. Luke’s most vulnerable home-care nursing patients and they refused during this trial to accept even the most basic responsibility for mistakes made in her care,” the Pocono Record reported. disclaimer: This article: Lehigh County Jury Awards $23 Million Over Amputation was posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 8:01 pm at and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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