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Woman Who Has ‘Locked-In Syndrome’ Awarded $47M in Malpractice Lawsuit

A woman suffering from “locked-in syndrome” was awarded a $47 million verdict this week in a medical malpractice case, although her lawyer said she will likely only see a fraction of the money.

In a lawsuit filed in 2020, Amy Geiler alleged that doctors at MountainView Hospital and Mountain’s Edge Hospital failed to adequately treat her low sodium levels when she was hospitalized as the result of a fall. Because doctors raised her sodium levels too quickly, Geiler now suffers from Locked-in syndrome — meaning her brain is still functioning, but she cannot move and can only communicate through blinking.

At the end of a five-week trial on Tuesday, a jury awarded Geiler $47 million, of which $35 million was for noneconomic damages of pain and suffering. But a cap in Nevada on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits means the $35 million will be reduced to $350,000, said Geiler’s attorney, Sean Claggett.


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