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By ANDY MARSO
The Kansas City Star 

Kansas patients can now win big in doctor malpractices suits

 


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Brenda Lundeen went in for routine surgery to relieve heavy periods.

What the Overland Park mom and grade school teacher got was a nightmare, as a medical mistake caused 194-degree water to pour through a hole in her uterus and scald her insides.

After three surgeries to remove parts of her burnt colon and intestines, months defecating into a colostomy bag and years of trauma, a jury awarded Lundeen $2 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit for noneconomic damages, commonly called "pain and suffering."

That number was immediately knocked down to $250,000 — the...



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