The Legal Intelligencer (03/01/2012)
12.9 Million Awarded to Woman Rendered Comatose After Neck Surgery
Date: March 1, 2012
A Philadelphia jury has awarded a 50-year-old woman $12.88 million for injuries suffered when she vomited after her thyroidectomy, resulting in bleeding in her neck that cut off her airway.[...]Kuritz said Temple University Hospital is on the hook for the entire verdict because all of the defendants were found to be employees or ostensible agents of the hospital. Of the $12.88 million awarded to Phillips, nearly $3.02 million was for future pain, suffering and loss of life's pleasures. Nearly $697,000 was for past medical expenses, $28,659 was for past loss earnings, $483,000 was for past pain and suffering and $266,000 was for future loss of earnings. The rest of the damages were for future medical expenses apportioned yearly over the next 25 years, according to the verdict sheet.
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