Brooklyn Quadruple Amputee Wins $17.9M Settlement

March 6, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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ADAMS STREET — A Brooklyn mother who won $17.9 million for having her hands and legs amputated came together with her attorneys yesterday on Court Street to announce the settlement against the city and hospital.

The Daily News was first to report that 35-year-old Tabitha Mullings will receive $9.4 million from Brooklyn Hospital Center and $8.5 million from the city.

The settlement was reached yesterday before Kings County Supreme Court Justice Marsha Steinhardt, after Justice Gerard Rosenberg denied the city’s motion to dismiss the case in December.

The hospital and city say they settled because a sympathetic jury would have been swayed by Mullings’ severe injuries. Court Street attorney Sanford Rubenstein and attorney Ira Newman represented Mullings.

“This is a fair and reasonable resolution of this matter,” Rubenstein stated yesterday. “Justice has been done. This settlement demonstrates that our legal system works for victims and should not be tampered with”.   

Mullings’ nightmare began in 2008 when the mother who had once aspired to become a court officer went to the emergency room and was sent home with a diagnosis of a kidney stone. She experienced excruciating pain and numbness the next day and called 911 but wasn’t taken to the hospital.

She developed a sepsis infection by the time she went to the hospital the following day. Gangrene spread to her extremities, leaving her a quadruple amputee and legally blind.

Mullings thanked the people of New York yesterday for their support.

“Now that the lawsuit is behind me I look forward to going on with my life and caring for my children as best I can,” Mullings said in conclusion. “I pray that what happened to me does not happen to anyone else.”

—Ryan Thompson

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

and The Associated Press

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