Woman Awarded Just $142K For Accidental Removal of Her Uterus
It seems like a pretty paltry sum for such an important part of the female anatomy, but a woman in New York was recently been given $142,000 after her uterus was mistakenly removed.
According to the New York Daily News, ex-dancer Jill Jacobs claims that doctors urged her to sign a form waiving her rights to remove her organs during surgery if the doctors found cancer. Jill’s surgery took place at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.
Jill, 54, a dance teacher at Greenwich Village’s Steinhardt School, claims that a blood test the night before her surgery revealed that she was completely cancer-free, but the doctors removed her uterus anyway, performing a total hysterectomy.
After suing the hospital in 2010 for $5 million dollars, a jury has finally awarded Jill $142,000 — what they say is adequate compensation for her loss. Jill said she was “shocked” at the low level of the compensation.
“It’s a very, very long road to bring your case to trial. You do it because what’s done was wrong.” Jill told the Daily News. She says the “butchering” she received left her with chronic depression and other health issues, and even brought back traumatic memories of when she was raped and kidnapped at age 20.
The jury explained they awarded $132,000 for the pain and suffering Jill had experienced, as well as $10,000 for her “future suffering.” Her attorney claims this is completely inadequate, and plans to appeal the verdict on behalf of his client.
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