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Massive medical malpractice award upheld by appellate court

When Illinois residents have to go through the entirety of a medical malpractice case, it can seem like an exhausting effort. These types of legal cases are notorious for their potential to get complicated in a hurry. Complex medical concepts might be involved, leaving even the most educated litigant puzzled. Fortunately, however, in many cases a jury will enter a verdict for the injured victim or the family of a deceased victim. That is what happened in a case involving a family in Illinois.

According to a recent report, back in 2014, the family of a man who died from brain cancer filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor and a medical center. The victim died at the age of 49, and the lawsuit alleged that the doctor and the medical center made a mistake when diagnosing the victim's medical condition. The man's family claims that his brain cancer was at a treatable stage when the mistake was made.

The case proceeded all the way to a jury trial. At the end of the trial, the jury entered an award of over $1.7 million for the family of the victim. According to the report, the victim had died of his medical condition several months before that verdict was entered. But, the defendants - the doctor and the medical center - appealed the jury finding. Fortunately, an appellate court recently upheld the jury decision, stating that there were no errors in the jury's findings.

The victim's family is now in a position to receive the full amount awarded by the jury, which has risen to more than $2 million with interest added. However, the defendants have not yet decided whether or not to attempt a further appeal.

Source: newstrib.com, "$1.7 million award to Peru family upheld," Tom Collins, May 11, 2017

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