Boston Jury Awards $15 million in Medical Malpractice Verdict for Death of 3-year-old

The Boston Globe reports that a Boston jury awarded $15 million to the parents of a 3-year-old Pennsylvania child whose 2004 death at Children’s Hospital Boston was the focus of a malpractice lawsuit. The jury found that former physician-in-chief at Children’s Dr. James Lock and anesthesiologist Dr. James A. DiNardo were negligent in the death of Jason Fox during treatment him for congenital heart disease. The lawsuit claims that the doctors lied to the Fox family about the treatments Jason was receiving at Children’s. The actual damages received will be less, due to an agreement reached while the jury was deliberating, but the exact number has not been specified.

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2 responses to “Boston Jury Awards $15 million in Medical Malpractice Verdict for Death of 3-year-old

  1. Your statements misrepresent the severity of illness in the child prior to transfer to Boston. Any invasive or complicated treatment bears the risk of a bad outcome. This is a perfect case for a health court with medical peers who investigate and determine “fault” as well as compensation.

  2. Dear Murmur –

    Health courts – aka allowing doctors to police themselves – will limit patients’ rights and undermine accountability in the health care system.

    A new report on health courts by Case Western Reserve University professors Max Mehlman and Dale Nance finds that health courts would be burdensome, prohibitively expensive and would come at the expense of injured patients.

    The report finds that health courts would require the creation of new and costly bureaucracies that would be controlled at every level by the insurance industry.

    For more information, follow this link:
    http://www.justice.org/resources/ExecutiveSummary.pdf

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