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Milwaukee woman awarded over $25 million in malpractice case

Posted on August 12, 2014 6:44 pm under News

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported on the verdict of a notable medical malpractice case, in which Ascaris Mayo, 53, was awarded $25.3 million following an infection which required the amputation of all four of her limbs at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital.

Mayo, a mother of four, visited Columbia St. Mary’s in 2011 suffering from serious abdominal pain and fever. The presiding physicians did not properly identify her medical condition in time, suggesting it was a fibroid issue instead of a Strep A infection.

Dr. Wyatt Jaffe and his assistant Donald Gibson failed to offer Mayo alternative diagnoses. As a result, her condition deteriorated to the point that she went into septic shock; the increasing damage caused by the infection required amputation of her limbs. Attorney Daniel Rottier has represented Mayo throughout the legal process and stated that, had she been presented with other possible diagnoses and options, she would have sought other treatments and would have been able to avoid this drastic procedure.

You can read more about this important case by clicking here.