Wisconsin Man Wins $3 Million Malpractice Award After Losing Leg

May 23, 2008

A Baldwin, Wis. man was awarded more than $3 million in a malpractice case after losing part of his left leg.

Jim Lang went to Dr. Gregory Estlund in 2003 after injuring his leg while working at a factory in Hammond. After failing to get relief, he returned to see Estlund at least four more times before seeing a specialist.

He was taken into surgery the same day he saw the specialist because of muscle and nerve damage and reduced blood flow. But, Lang never regained feeling in his lower leg, which was eventually amputated in 2004.

A St. Croix County jury found Estlund was negligent in his treatment of Lang and awarded the patient $3.2 million.

The 35-year-old father says no amount of money will make his leg grow back.

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