Posted On: March 7, 2012 by Moseley Collins

Medical Malpractice Case In Sacramento Results After Boy Injured by Medical Device, Part 2 of 2

It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Methodist, or Sutter.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)

At trial, defense counsel submitted evidence which showed that eletrocautery risks have been taught for decades in medical school and were well known to Parrish before the surgery, and that the warnings on the device were virtually identical to those listed by other product manufacturers.

Before trial, the plaintiffs settled with the medical center for a confidential amount; with Ann Taimes, another physician at the medical center, for $30,000; with the Sacramento Anesthesiology Medical Group, which administered the anesthetic, for $30,000; and with Med Inc., which makes endotracheal devices associated with the electrode that was used in the subject procedure, for $10,000.

Plaintiff's counsel argued for about $850,000 in expected costs, which included a special boarding school for learning disabled kids that totaled $350,000, psychological counseling and medication for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally Gregory sought $30,000 in medical expenses and $27 million in future medicals and emotional distress.

The plaintiffs asked for a seven-figure verdict, but felt that an eight-figure verdict was more appropriate.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

Defense counsel and defense experts disputed the damages.

At the close of evidence and after denying Medical's motion for a nonsuit, the court granted its directed verdict as to punitive damages.

Prior to trial, the medical center paid Andrew's medical expenses of about $130,000, representing the initial treatment after the fire and then intensive care unit treatment at Children's Hospital.

SUMMARY:
RESULT: Verdict-Mixed
The jury found that Parrish was negligent, but returned a defense verdict for Medical.
The jury awarded $750,000.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.