Georgia Jury Awards Family $17M for Hospital Malpractice

April 19, 2013

A DeKalb County family has been awarded more than $17 million in after a jury found a physician’s assistant liable for causing a man’s brain injury.

Sheriod Merritt was hit by a stray bullet in a shooting and was taken to Grady Hospital for surgery. His parents said he was in a coma when they came to pick him up.

The Merritt’s attorney said an Emory University anesthesiologist and a Grady physician’s assistant didn’t follow proper procedures when Merritt was coming out of surgery. A civil complaint alleged Merritt went without oxygen for seven to eight minutes.

Grady spokeswoman Denise Simpson told WSB-TV that Merritt violently awoke from anesthesia and fought with medical personnel. In the process, she said his breathing tube came dislodged. The hospital is appealing the ruling.

Topics Georgia Medical Professional Liability

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