Ga. Jury Awards Record $18M In Infection Misdiagnosis Suit

Law360 (March 7, 2018, 10:45 PM EST) -- A Georgia state jury on Tuesday awarded $18 million in a suit accusing a doctor of failing to timely diagnose and treat a woman's spinal infection that ultimately caused her to become a paraplegic in what is touted as the largest medical malpractice verdict in Chatham County history.

Following a weeklong trial and about two hours of deliberation, the Superior Court jury determined that Dr. Sarah Barbour and her practice group, SouthCoast Medical Group LLC, were negligent by failing to diagnose Joan Simmons' spinal abscess caused by an infection, which caused paralysis in both of Simmons' legs. The suit claims that...

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