Florida woman gets $1.75M from salon that injured her foot during pedicure, forcing amputation

A Florida woman received $1.75 million in a settlement with a nail salon which she sued after receiving a pedicure that injured her foot, forcing doctors to amputate her leg. 

In 2018, Clara Shellman said she visited Tammy's Nails 2 in Tampa and an employee cut her foot during the treatment.

Soon after, her foot became infected and worsened due to Shellman's severe peripheral arterial disease, which reduces blood flow to the limbs, WFLA reported.

Shellman, 55, alleged the salon, which is now closed, used dirty tools and equipment that endangered the customers. 

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"Our client suffered an amputation as a result of a trip to a nail salon," Paul Fulmer said in the lawsuit. "While no amount could fully compensate her for this life-altering injury, this deserved settlement will help her cover the high cost of her medical bills and her ongoing care."

Shellman said her amputation resulted in hardships including the loss of her home, medical bills and ability to walk, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

In a response to the suit, Tammy’s Nails 2 argued Shellman was responsible for her injuries because she didn’t immediately seek medical care or “take reasonable efforts to prevent the development of infection.”

On December 16, Shellman reached the $1.75 million settlement and told Tampa Bay Times she was "stunned, shocked, crying, and giddy all at the same time."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Florida woman gets $1.75 million in pedicure-amputation settlement

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