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$11.5 Million Malpractice Verdict

An Illinois woman who lost her unborn baby and a small intestine after being admitted to a hospital was awarded an $11.5 million judgment Tuesday by a DuPage County jury. The jury deliberated for about five hours before awarding awarding the mom $10.5 million for her injuries and $1 million for the death of her unborn child (presumably her husband was a plaintiff in this claim as well).

The hospital named in the lawsuit showed real class after the verdict was announced:

We are disappointed with the verdict, but continue to respect the jury system. [The Hospital] is committed to providing the finest care to all of its patients. We wish the best for [the plaintiff and her husband].

I’m sure it was a tough lawsuit but the hospital apparently kept in mind that, regardless of the outcome, its patients are its patients and however it turns out, the hospital supports its patients. That seems like the way it should be.