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Infection Lawsuit
(2008-03-21)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A nine million dollar settlement has been
awarded to the estate of a 39-year-old construction worker who died
after three doctors failed to diagnose what kind of infection was
killing him.
Patrick Cavanaugh of Holt died in 2003 about two weeks after
being admitted to Sparrow Hospital with shortness of breath,
weakness and a fever that had lasted 10 days. The settlement was
reported by the Lansing State Journal.
Lawyers for his estate say his death later was attributed to a
fungal infection that he previously had been exposed to while
digging ditches and laying pipes.
Attorneys for both sides noted that the nine million dollar
figure will be reduced because of state law that caps damages in
such cases.
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