Jury Orders UC-Davis To Pay $7.6M to Paraplegic Woman
On Friday, a Sacramento Superior Court jury awarded $7.6 million to an Elk Grove woman after determining that UC-Davis Medical Center employees misread an MRI exam and that resulting complications caused her to become paralyzed. A UC spokesperson said in statement that an internal review of the case showed that "the medical care provided ... was appropriate." The jury awarded the woman $6.4 million to cover lost wages and the cost of lifetime medical and attendant care, as well as $1.2 million for pain and suffering. However, California's medical malpractice law caps damages for pain and suffering at $250,000. If the jury's verdict stands, the plaintiff would receive $6.67 million.
- "Sacramento Jury Tells UC Davis To Pay $7.6 Million to Paraplegic Woman" (Furillo, Sacramento Bee, 11/1).
- "Elk Grove Woman Wins $7.6M in UC Davis Malpractice Suit" (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 10/31).