Authored by: Ollie Lammers
According to LegalNewsline.com, a Kentucky jury will keep a verdict of $10.5 million for a woman who had a surgical sponge left in her abdomen during surgery.
The plaintiff sued the University Medical Center, the doctor who performed the surgery, and two radiologists for leaving the surgical sponge during her surgery. The plaintiff needed surgery to improve circulation to her extremities. The surgical team was unaware of the sponge left in the plaintiff’s abdomen and failed to find the sponge in a follow-up surgery.
The Court of Appeals affirmed most of the findings from the jury. The court did state punitive damages were not explained adequately. The Court of Appeals ignored the pleas of the University Medical Center and the doctor to overturn the verdict.
The jury awarded the plaintiff $9.5 million for compensatory damages and $1 million for punitive damages.
Unfortunately, the plaintiff died during the appeals process, and her son is representing her estate.