Jury awards $7.8M in hospital negligence suit

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Posted: Aug 31, 2012 8:18 PM
Jury awards $7.8M in hospital negligence suit

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A western Tennessee jury has awarded $7.8 million in damages to the family of a child who suffered severe brain damage as a result of an improperly treated wound at a hospital.

The Dyersburg State Gazette reported Friday (http://bit.ly/OEYOh1 ) that the lawsuit was filed against Dyersburg Regional Medical Center and others. It stemmed from when then-12-year-old Jonathan Reynolds was treated in 2004 after falling on a nail. The lawsuit claimed that proper procedures were not taken to avoid infection and the hospital personnel failed to give him the proper antibiotics.

The boy caught a flesh-eating bacterium that required numerous skin grafts. He also developed severe brain injuries after slipping into a coma. A jury in Dyer County returned the verdict earlier this month after a 15-day trial.