Mistrial Ruled After Arkansas Doctor Accused of Malpractice Treats Juror

December 28, 2010
Mistrial for Doctor Accused of Malpractice

An Arkansas medical malpractice lawsuit ended in mistrial in federal court in Jonesboro when the doctor being sued treated an ill juror in the courtroom in front of other jurors.

The Jonesboro Sun reported that the juror became ill during opening statements of the lawsuit against Dr. Stephen Eichert. The juror’s name and condition have not been released.

Eichert is being sued by Cristina Renee Chaffin for allegedly not performing proper tests before operating on Chaffin’s back and failing to tell Chaffin of the risk of surgery.

Chaffin’s attorney asked for the mistrial and Eichert’s attorney agreed.

Chaffin is asking for $75,000 for the costs of two surgeries and follow-up visits and lost wages plus an amount to be determined by a jury for pain, suffering, and mental and emotional anguish.

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  • December 29, 2010 at 10:19 am
    FLagent/insured says:
    Hey there is something called a code of ethics. Not only that but we all know theres a 50% chance this is a frivolous lawsuit. It makes me sick that someones whole career can ... read more
  • December 29, 2010 at 9:41 am
    Tx says:
    The court would have an interesting dilemma if they asked this doctor to treat the juror and then something bad happened after the doctor rendered aid. A lawyer would have a f... read more
  • December 29, 2010 at 8:36 am
    nobody important says:
    Wouldn't the doctor be sued again if they didn't provide medical aid? They are still a doctor and have to provide aid if they are there, don't they? I'm not too terribly cho... read more
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