Death Of Girl At Center Of Brain Death Case Alters Course Of Medical Malpractice Suit
“The value of the civil case is now a lot lower, because she will have no more future medical expenses,” said Thaddeus Pope, a law professor who has followed Jahi McMath's case closely. “Previously, those were projected to extend for many years."
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Jahi McMath Death Could Cost Family Millions In Legal Fight
Jahi McMath’s tragic saga came to an end last week, but the legal battle between her family and the hospital they claim was responsible for her brain damage grew even more heated after her lawyers announced the Oakland teen had been removed from the machines that kept her breathing for nearly five years. The decision could cost the family millions of dollars in their medical malpractice suit against UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and some doctors, experts say, because the cost of future medical care is a major factor in determining damages. (Gafni, 6/30)
Jahi McMath, Teen At Center Of Medical And Religious Debate On Brain Death, Has Died
The Uniform Declaration of Death Act, which has been in place since 1981, defines death as the "irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem." In the world of medical ethics, as NPR's Maanvi Singh reported in 2014, there are varying views on death. (Chow, 6/30)