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Wrongful Death Verdict: Jury Returns $7.5M

Wrongful Death Verdict: Jury Returns $7.5M

Wrongful Death Verdict: Jury Returns $7.5M

Introduction

On Thursday, August 29, a jury awarded $7.5 million to the mother of a victim who was killed in an Aug. 10, 2016, crash.

According to the court documents, the plaintiff was driving his motorcycle on Route 12 when the defendant tried to make a left turn and crashed.

The defendant was sentenced to 5 years in prison by a McHenry County judge in February. The defendant even made a settlement of $425,000 for medical bills, funeral bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering before the trial. The final offer the defendant made was $400,000, whereas the plaintiffs made a demand of $2.825 million.

The jury returned a record-setting verdict where the damages were assessed at $3 million for past and future loss of society for the victim’s mother, father, and sister, along with another $4.5 million for past and future grief, sorrow and mental suffering for the family.

In a similar lawsuit, in Kansas, Wesley Medical Center was fined $6 million. The plaintiff is a woman who was 35 weeks pregnant when she got a panic attack that urged her to go to Wesley's emergency room (ER). The doctors performed a C-section surgery on her, which resulted in choked fluids for her post the child's birth.

The woman's husband claimed that the ER was in complete chaos during the surgery and the lady was finding it difficult to breathe. The husband claimed the authorities are at the fault for being careless in treatment as the lady eventually died.

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