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Jury awards Virginia widow and children $2.2 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

A Virginia jury recently awarded a widow and her five children $2.2 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit accusing the treating physician and nurse of negligence in the death of the 34 year-old husband. The suit focused on the care received by the husband in the days preceding his untimely death. The man went to see his doctor after having chills, shortness of breath, a high temperature, and leg pain. He received painkillers and muscle relaxers. Three days later, he returned to the doctor’s office and again received no exam or lab analysis, returning home with painkillers. The following day the 34 year-old died of organ failure related to a strep infection. Unfortunately, Virginia law hinders justice and the award will be reduced to $1.7 million, the state cap for medical malpractice lawsuits.

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