New Jersey Court Overturns $75M Malpractice Award

July 27, 2009

The New Jersey Supreme Court has overturned one of the largest medical malpractice suit verdicts in state history.

Citing numerous trial errors and other problems, the justices reversed the $75 million in damages awarded to the parents of a boy who suffered brain damage as an infant when he was deprived of oxygen following surgery in 1998.

According to court documents, the child now suffers from significant intellectual, verbal and neuron motor deficiencies and requires constant care.

In the ruling announced Thursday, the justices said the Essex County trial jury was unnecessarily exposed to bias against medical professionals and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston during the jury selection process.

The case was remanded for another trial.

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