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Appellate court upholds $29 million medical malpractice verdict

A federal appeals court has upheld a medical malpractice verdict that awarded a Gurnee boy $29 million after suffering from brain damage.

The lawsuit stated that government-employed doctors were guilty of negligence with their neonatal and obstetric care and the boy was awarded $29.1 million.

The decision was then taken to an appeals court where his attorneys claimed that certain measures should have been taken before the child’s birth in order to make sure that there were no infections, but the symptoms and signs for a neonatal infection were missed. Because these were missed, the boy suffered severe brain damage.

The government appealed the verdict stating that it was out of the statue of limitations because the lawsuit was not filed until two years after the boy was released from the hospital.