Payson Woman Wins $7.3 Million Judgement

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A Payson woman enduring years of debilitating pain after developing an infection following knee surgery has been awarded almost $7.3 million after a two-week trial in Globe ended last week.

A Gila County Superior Court Jury found Payson Healthcare Management must pay Lori Sandretto, 53, $3.6 million to cover lost wages and medical bills and $3.7 million for pain and suffering.

Art Lloyd, Sandretto’s lawyer, said doctors failed to take Sandretto’s complaints of pain seriously after she had knee surgery three years ago to repair a torn meniscus. Months after the surgery, doctors finally discovered Sandretto had methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, a difficulty-to-treat staph infection.

After countless surgeries and eventually a knee replacement, Sandretto was left with lasting pain throughout her body and an abnormal step.

Today, Sandrartto needs pain medication pumped into her spine constantly to curb the pain.

Payson Healthcare Management, a part of Payson Regional Medical Center, hires many of the doctors that work for the clinic.

See Tuesday’s Roundup for an in-depth look at the case including the complete interview with Lloyd and a juror.

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