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Nurse action did not cause patient paralysis

Nurse action did not cause patient paralysis

A 34-year-old woman was severely injured in a motor vehicle accident.  She was transported to the University Hospital intensive care unit for treatment.  She sued the Hospital, alleging nursing staff moved her improperly and caused paralysis.  SCM defended the Hospital.  After seven days, the jury found no breach of the standard of care, and the plaintiff appealed.  The lower court’s decision was affirmed by the Utah Court of Appeals, but then overturned by the Utah Supreme Court on the basis of a jury instruction.  The case was re-tried several years later.  This time, the plaintiff (with new counsel) requested $16 million in damages.  Once again, the jury found no breach of the standard of care.  This time, the Hospital agreed to waive pursuit of costs and the plaintiff agreed not to appeal.

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Bradley R. Blackham