Saturday, July 16, 2016

Not a good PR day

A jury awarded a collective $1.75 million to two siblings who alleged doctors at UCLA Medical Center committed medical malpractice that resulted in the death of their 44-year-old mother in 2013. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for less than a day before finding in favor of Ryan and Jessica Larkin, who were in their late teens when their mother, Deborah Larkin, died on Dec. 27, 2013. The Larkins sued the Regents of the University of California in December 2014. 
Lawyers for the Larkins maintained in their court papers that the doctors who treated Deborah Larkin were negligent in performing a hiatal hernia repair surgery and that they failed to diagnose and treat a stomach perforation...
The Larkins’ lead attorney, Gary Schneider, said that despite the jury verdict amount Friday, state law since 1975 has placed a cap of $250,000 on pain and suffering damages in cases involving medical malpractice such as the Larkins’ lawsuit. He said he expects the defense to bring a motion to reduce the jury’s verdict to $250,000 and that Judge Victor Chavez will have no choice but to grant it...

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