Daughter of medical malpractice victim awarded $16.7M

A jury recently granted the daughter of a medical malpractice victim $16.7 million, the Associated Press reported on June 30.

The award was given to Boston resident Johnette Ellis, whose mother died of lung cancer at age 47 in August 2008–two years after her doctor, Dr. Pete Clarke, missed signs of the cancer in an x-ray he examined. The money is the largest compensation package granted so far this year in Massachusetts.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital said Clarke upheld the necessary standard of care in the situation, and Clarke’s attorney stated that he intends to appeal the ruling.

Medical professionals and institutions are held to a high standard, as these are individuals and facilities to which we entrust our health. When a doctor fails in his responsibilities, he or she can often be held accountable through a medical malpractice suit. If you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of a negligent medical professional or institution, the attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, may help you pursue compensation for damages. Call our Massachusetts offices today at (617) 426-4488.