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Kentucky Amputee Gets New Shot at Negligence Suit Against U.S.

Sept. 28, 2021, 8:31 PM

A Kentucky woman will get another chance to prove her doctor’s failure to consider multiple possible causes for her leg pain was a substantial factor leading to the leg’s amputation, the Sixth Circuit said Tuesday.

A trial judge’s conclusion, following a bench trial, that Debra Chesnut didn’t tie the amputation to Joel Madden’s conduct rested on a contradiction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said.

The trial judge found Madden negligently breached the standard of care by failing to consider low-blood flow as a possible cause of Chesnut’s leg pain, the court said. But he later said ...

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