A Florida woman received $1.75 million after settled contacted the nail salon responsible for her pedicure which resulted in an infection, which subsequently resulted in her foot amputation.
Follow Tampa Bay Times, a lawsuit says the incident originally occurred in September 2018 when an employee at Tammy’s Nails 2 in Tampa cut Clara Shellman’s foot during a pedicure. The cut that led to the infection was mainly because Shellman, 55, has severe peripheral artery disease, which reduces blood flow to her extremities. As a result, she had to have her leg amputated.
Three years later, and a solution was finally reached. Documents filed on December 16 show that an agreement has been reached, however it does not list the amount. Shellman’s attorney Paul Fulmer later disclosed the $1.75 million settlement. He said, “She was stunned, shocked, crying and giddy, all at the same time.”
He went on to explain that after the amputation, Shellman went through hard times, including losing her home. Unable to walk, she became dependent on others, and she is currently living with relatives.
She filed a lawsuit against the salon in May 2020 alleging that one of the salon’s employees used dirty tools and equipment that put customers at risk. In the lawsuit, they also claim the salon failed to properly train workers and maintain equipment.
The salon clapped and said Shellman was at fault because she didn’t seek medical attention or “make reasonable efforts to prevent the development of an infection,” immediately. They also denied her claims that their tools were dirty, too.
Fulmer said that Shellman deserved to be addressed, but to their surprise the salon agreed to $1.75 million because she already had severe peripheral artery disease.
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