Cat Bite Victim Sues For $75K

mLive -- Michigan - December 14, 2015

Michelle Nurnberg of Saginaw, MI has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging negligence against a number of defendants including, seven physicians, the University of Michigan Hospital, the University of Michigan Health System and the University of Michigan Board of Regents. She is seeking at least $75,000 in damages. 

Nurnberg arrived at the hospital for treatment of infected cat bite on her hand that had lead to her developing two abscesses on her inner left wrist. She was treated, but the infection continued leading to a second ER visit where she was given antibiotics and referred to a hand surgeon. After being treated 3 times by the hand surgeon, Nurnberg was forced to return again to the emergency room where complications from the infection had caused a fever, cellulitis, acute renal failure, rashes and anemia.

Finally, after being treated by an infectious disease specialist Nurnberg’s wound began to heal. However, she could have lost her arm or her life. The lawsuit filed alleges that Nurnberg suffered prolonged pain and disability. It also accuses the doctors of negligence -- providing her with inadequate discharge instructions and offering medical treatment below the legally required standard of care. 

John Counts