$20 Million Malpractice Verdict

An Arkansas jury returned a $20 million verdict, deliberating less than two hours before finding negligence in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving surgery on the wrong side of a 19 year-old’s brain at Children’s Hospital. It is one of those hard to believe medical negligence tragedies. The then-chief of pediatric neurosurgery at the hospital simply removed matter from the wrong side of the Plaintiff’s brain before operating on the correct side.

The hospital issued a statement of regret and apology after the trial. But it makes you wonder: why did this case go to trial?