Monday, September 3, 2007

$70.8 Million Med-Mal Verdict Stands in NJ

Pellicer v. St. Barnabas Hospital, A-1472-05: A New Jersey state appeals court has refused to disturb a $70.8 million medical malpractice award to the family of a brain-damaged infant, ruling it was not excessive in light of the injuries.

According to this report by Michael Booth or the New Jersey Law Journal,

"The court had refused to permit the New Jersey Hospital Association to join the case as amicus. The association had sought to argue that the $50 million pain-and-suffering component would set a dangerous benchmark and threaten hospitals' finances. ...Instead, the three-judge panel chose to confine its analysis to the facts at hand, finding that courts should not interfere with a jury award unless it was shocking."
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