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Judges Reverse Medical Malpractice Ruling

All five state Supreme Court justices reversed an order granting summary judgment for a woman who sued a hospital as a parent her 13-year-od. They remanded the suit to the trial court seeking to hold the hospital liable for spinal injury that paralyzed her daughter. The girl’s mother took her to the emergency room in October of 1999 after the girl’s legs kept growing weaker and she had turned incontinent. The doctor sent the girl home and examined her 23 days later. After an MRI revealed a bloody mass compressing her spinal cord she underwent surgery. However, her paralysis and incontinence continued. Her mother filed a medical malpractice suit against the doctor and hospital, but the hospital moved for summary judgment. The justice overlooked the state law allowing a medical malpractice suit for a child less than 10 years. To read the full story, click here.