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Michigan Man Awarded More Than $11M Over Leg Amputation

An Indiana jury has awarded more than $11 million to a Michigan man and his wife who accused a doctor of failing to diagnose a painful limb issue, leading to the amputation of one of the man’s legs.

The couple’s civil suit alleged that Dr. James Shoemaker Jr. failed to diagnose a critical limb ischemia in Mychajlo Hajdaj’s right leg in January 2015, causing delayed treatment that ultimately resulted in an above-the-knee amputation of his right leg. Critical limb ischemia is a blockage of the arteries in the lower extremities.

Shoemaker, Elkhart General Hospital and Elkhart Emergency Physicians Inc. denied the allegations. Elkhart Emergency Physicians Inc. said the state Medical Review Panel unanimously determined that the physicians organization met the appropriate standard of care.


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