A New Jersey jury handed down a $17 million verdict to parents who sued a hospital, a doctor and his practice for prematurely removing their daughter from a ventilator, resulting in permanent brain injuries.
According to attorneys and court papers, the eight-member jury in Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Katie Gummer’s courtroom handed up the verdict after approximately a month-and-a-half of trial and five hours of deliberation. The verdict in favor of plaintiff Kelsey Heaney and her parents was broken down into $5 million for pain and suffering, $2 million for future lost wages, and $10 million for medical care expenses.
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