$110 Million Award to Quadruple Amputee for Surgical Error
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE
Hillsborough Circuit Court
A jury awarded nearly $110 million to a former Defense Department analyst whose hands and feet were amputated because of alleged negligence during outpatient surgery.
In 2010, Lisa-Maria Carter, 45, went to Tampa General Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida College of Medicine, for the removal of a benign ovarian cyst, but her small bowel was perforated. After surgery, her blood pressure dropped and could not be stabilized. Gangrene set in, and she required amputation of both hands and feet. Carter’s counsel argued in a trial following two hung juries that Dr. Larry Glazerman negligently transected her small intestine, causing the loss of blood and complications.
The jury determined the private hospital was liable and awarded Carter $109.8 million.