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Jury Awards Widow $6.7 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

A widow was awarded more than $6.7 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against Eastern Maine Medical Center and Dr. Lawrence Nelson, a Bangor, Maine surgeon. The lawsuit was filed in August of 2009; it was a nearly two year battle for justice. The award appears to be one of the largest ever awarded by a Maine jury in a medical malpractice case.

Her husband was in an ATV rollover accident on May 6, 2005. He suffered several broken ribs, among other injuries; there was indication of internal bleeding from CT scans ordered by the emergency department physician. The lawsuit alleged that doctors failed to follow up on the indications of internal bleeding. The extent of bleeding over the 36 hours after admission to the Medical Center caused one of the patient’s lungs to collapse. The lack of oxygen precipitated a massive heart attack ultimately causing his death two days later on his 44th birthday. The suit stated that the man’s death may have been prevented if a chest tube for drainage of fluid was put in place.

After a six-day trial, a jury found in favor of the plaintiff and awarded a total of $6,711,000 in damages:
1. $11,000 for funeral and burial expenses
2. $1 million for the victim’s conscious suffering before his death
3. $1.2 million in loss of economic support
4. $4.5 million for loss of companionship and emotional distress

A decision on whether to appeal the case has not been made.

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