Tyler man awarded 17.5 million in Dallas lawsuit

DALLAS, TX - A Tyler man who lost all of his limbs to a MRSA infection was awarded $17.5 million in damages in a medical malpractice case against a Dallas area doctor.

David Fritzgerald's attorney, Linda Turley, said in her closing argument that, had the doctor correctly treated the Tyler resident's MRSA infection, his limbs would have been saved. MRSA is a drug-resistant bacterial infection that can spread rapidly and lead to the loss of limbs or even death.

Although the jury awarded Fritzgerald about $9 million for past and future pain and disfigurement, but he will likely only collect $250,000 of that part of the verdict because Texas recently enacted caps on non-economic damages.

The award is one of the largest ever in a Dallas County Medical Malpractice case.