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Seventh Circuit Courts Uphold $8.2 Million Wrongful Death Award

A seventh circuit federal judge in Illinois upheld an $8.2 million wrongful death award against the United States and St. Louis University. The victim died from complications of an abscess behind his abdomen while under the care of St. Louis University doctors who operated a joint program with the United States at Scott Air Force Base. The family had claimed that doctors failed to diagnose and treat the abscess. The wrongful death has devastated the family leaving some depressed. The federal court awarded to the $8.2 million verdict after finding hospital negligence. The defendants appealed the liability judgment and the loss of consortium award, which was $7 million. The defendants claimed that there needed to be a ratio approach to the loss of consortium damages. The court found that give the unique nature of the case that there was no ratio that would adequately work. Please click the link to read more about the hospital negligence.