Mo. Jury Awards $29M In Med Mal Suit Over Missed Diagnosis

By Y. Peter Kang (March 9, 2017, 8:23 PM EST) -- A Missouri state jury determined that a hospital was responsible for failing to diagnose a woman with a rare disorder that purportedly caused permanent brain damage and paralysis and awarded approximately $28.9 million in damages.

After a nine-day trial and approximately 90 minutes of deliberation, the jury determined that Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities had failed to properly diagnose Emilee Williams for Wilson's disease, a rare disorder that causes too much copper to accumulate in the liver, brain or other vital organs.

The jury awarded $21.5 million for Williams' medical damages, the bulk of which comprise future medical expenses, $3.2 million for...

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