Thursday, August 31, 2017
Two large med mal death verdicts were just handed down in Detroit and Minneapolis.
In Detroit, a jury awarded $40M for the death of a 26-year-old college student. The decedent presented in the ER with signs of a pulmonary embolism and was sent home without the benefit of any tests, diagnosed with a virus. She died the next day. Michigan has a somewhat variable noneconomic damages cap, but the Detroit Medical Center has not yet asked for it to be applied. The Detroit News has the story.
Meanwhile in Minneapolis, a jury has awarded $20M against a hospital for the death of a 30-year-old woman who had just given birth. The family alleged an ER nurse ignored lab results showing the decedent had sepsis and sent her home. The decedent returned to the hospital 12 hours later and died. Minnesota does not have a cap. US News has the story.