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Family of Deceased Wins Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Negligent Hospital

The Texas Supreme Court upheld a medical malpractice award for the family of a man who died of a heart attack after waiting 12 hours for treatment following his admission to a hospital emergency room for chest pains. Jurors awarded $9.2 million in compensatory damages and $21 million in actual damages after evidence was presented showing that the gentlemen’s treatment was delayed because of poor hospital policies and lack of staffing. The State Appellate Court had reduced the total award to approximately $5.4 million but the Supreme Court ordered the hospital to pay the family approximately $10 million when the amount of pre- and post-judgment interest is included with the $5.4 million of actual and punitive damages. The court affirmed that the hospital was guilty of actual and gross negligence, and the family was awarded appropriately. To read the full story, click here.