Tuesday, May 20, 2008

On The Docket: (Multi) Million Dollar Verdict

The Enquirer reports here on a multi-million dollar verdict by a Hamilton County jury in favor of a mother and child who were injured by their doctor's malpractice during delivery. The jury awarded the plaintiffs $22,646,023. Assuming the accuracy of the Enquirer's report, the injuries suffered by the child were life-altering, to say the least. And even though Hamilton County juries aren't exactly regarded as overly-generous in their verdicts, the jurors compensated the plaintiffs accordingly.

Folks, this is why the civil justice system exists. As much as "tort reformers" like to vent about the infamous McDonald's suit (which itself was meritorious when one considers all of the facts, not just those commonly cited), far more often plaintiffs who win following a jury trial are like the poor Grows in this case--traumatically injured because of someone else's tortious conduct. Such people deserve to be compensated for their injuries.

The plaintiffs were represented by Patrick Beirne of the Lawrence Firm, a boutique shop best known for its work in medical malpractice cases.

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