$17.8 Million Malpractice Award to Brain Damaged Child’s Family

One of Ohio’s largest medical-malpractice awards $17.8 million was awarded to the family of Alexis Hayes a 5-year-old girl whose brain was damaged as doctors prepared her for surgery to cover future medical costs, education and pain.

The verdicts include $800,000 for each parent and $16,254,000 for Alexis. A court-appointed lawyer will act as guardian for the child and determine how her money is spent.

However, jurors found that Dr. Sharon Benoit and her company, Children’s Anesthesia Associates Inc., were responsible for the girl’s injuries.

Steve Chappelear, who has studied jury verdicts for the Columbus Bar Association, said a Cuyahoga County jury awarded $30 million to a brain-damaged man and his mother in 2004. The verdict was against a doctor and the now-defunct Mount Sinai Medical Center

Link [www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060723/NEWS01/60723002]

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