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Tue May 2, 2017, 01:51 AM

Albuquerque ICU patient, wife awarded $7.75 million

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque jury has awarded a nearly $8 million verdict to a New Mexico couple in a case in which a 44-year-old man suffered serious pressure ulcers while in Presbyterian Hospital’s intensive care unit.

Michael Webb and his wife, Tammy Lee Bruyere, filed the lawsuit in 2012 in connection to injuries Webb suffered while he was in the ICU because of complications from a knee surgery in December 2011.

He had alleged that, while unconscious, he spent days in the ICU without being moved enough and, as a result, developed Stage 4 pressure ulcers on his backside, a condition in which tissue damage stretches deep into the muscle or bone. The injury has continued to cause him pain and the need for medical care, said Randi McGinn, one of the couple’s attorneys.

The jury heard about a week’s worth of testimony and deliberated for about a day before returning the verdict Thursday, which found that Presbyterian was negligent and that the negligence caused Webb’s injuries. Second Judicial District Judge Valerie Huling presided over the case.

Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/995973/icu-patient-wife-awarded-775m.html

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