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Man Awarded $9.1 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

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A Tonawanda, New York man was awarded $9.1 million after alleged medical malpractice resulted in the man having his leg amputated.

Donald R. Schultz, a former City of Tonawanda public safety dispatcher, broke his ankle nearly 10 years ago, but complications led to the eventual amputation of his leg. The State Supreme Court jury awarded Schultz $2 million for past pain and suffering, $2.8 million for past and future medical expenses and loss of wages, and $4 million for future pain and suffering, the Buffalo News reported.  Donald’s former wife was also awarded $350,000 for loss of services.

Schultz, 45, broke his ankle in October 2004 after he fell on steps on his way to work as a public safety dispatcher. He first received treatment from a physician at Excelsior Orthopaedics, which has offices in Amherst, Orchard Park and Niagara Falls, according to the Buffalo News. The jury found that neither the physician nor the Excelsior Orthopaedics were liable for any wrongdoing.

However, Schultz began feeling pain on the side of his foot near his little toe, which is typically connected to an unusual nerve disorder, apparently caused by the ankle fracture, Schultz’s lawyer argued. One year after the surgery, Schultz switched doctors to Dr. Michael A. Parentis. Parentis began performing surgeries on his little toe, eventually amputating it, the Buffalo News reported. Pain continued after the amputation and Schultz soon developed an infection. Parentis then amputated the fourth toe, and after pain continued, amputated the leg below the knee in July 2009.

The suffering did not end there, according to the lawsuits. Following the amputation of his lower leg, Schultz developed another infection, requiring amputation of the remaining leg above the knee in September 2009. When the process was finally over, Parentis had performed 12 surgeries on Schultz.

The jury returned the verdict against Parentis, ruling he was guilty of medical malpractice after a 15-day trial, according to the Buffalo News.

Since the amputation, Schultz has no longer been able to work and was described as his lawyer as being devastated.

Medical Malpractice continues to be a major issue in the U.S. According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), more than 225,000 people die each year due to medical malpractice. The article found that nearly half of those deaths occur in the emergency room. Meanwhile, a study conducted by the Harvard Medical School found that five percent of all hospital patients endure some type of injury due to medical malpractice. disclaimer: This article: Man Awarded $9.1 Million in Medical Malpractice Case was posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 3:14 pm at and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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