Florida Court Reverses Trial Judge’s Award for Medical Malpractice Damages

Florida Court Reverses Trial Judge’s Award for Medical Malpractice DamagesFlorida’s 4th DCA has reversed a trial judge who awarded damages in a medical malpractice case. The case is against Holy Cross Hospital, among others. The plaintiff accuses the hospital and doctors of not ordering a scan on a woman fast enough which according to the suit resulted in the woman’s death.

The hospital and other defendants did not call any expert to the stand to rebut what the plaintiff’s expert said, that the delay fell below the standard of care and caused the woman’s death. Despite the lack of defense expert the jury awarded zero to the surviving husband. The judge granted the plaintiff’s motion for a judgment notwithstanding the jury’s verdict (JNOV) and awarded just over $1M (which is minimal for a death).

‌The appellate court took away that award. The stated reasoning is that the trial court acted as a seventh juror. (In civil cases in Florida, usually there are only 6 jurors).

The case was Carrasquillo v. Metzler, Case No. CACE19-022758, January 2, 2024.

‌Of course, the same reasoning should apply when corporations and insurance companies complain that a verdict amount is too high and asks the trial judge or the appellate court to cut it down or take it away.

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