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Malpractice case to be retried after man awarded $2.8 million

On April 9, an Ohio court ordered a new trial for a case against OhioHealth Doctors Hospital after the appeals court determined that the judge had incorrectly had the jury change their verdict after re-deliberating. According to OhioHealth's attorneys, the jury's initial verdict was in favor of the hospital, but their verdict changed to being in favor of the plaintiff.

in June 2009, a 43-year-old man was taken to the hospital when he became disoriented after stopping his medication. During his stay at the hospital, the man claimed that he suffered severe damage to his cervical spine when an employee was attempting to put him into a restraint hold. He sued the hospital in June 2010. The jury reached their first verdict on May 2, 2013. They found that the employee was negligent but that the negligence did not cause the man's injuries. The judge returned the verdict, claiming the jury had voted incorrectly. When the verdict was returned, the jury awarded the man with $2.8 million in damages.

The hospital's attorneys claimed that the judge incorrectly had the original verdict returned. The judge acknowledged her mistake in 2014. Ultimately, the appeals court ruled that the original verdict could not be enforced and that the second verdict was tainted; thus, a new trial was ordered.

If a patient has evidence that hospital negligence caused their serious injuries, they may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim against the hospital. In most cases, an attorney may help the person prove that their injuries were caused by the hospital's negligence and assist them with seeking compensation for past and future medical bills associated with the injury.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "New trial ordered in case of man who won $2.8 million award from Doctors Hospital," John Futty, April 10, 2015

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