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Record malpractice award against Omaha Children's Hospital

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Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-30 19:16:45-05

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A jury has awarded $26.1 million to a Sarpy County family who sued Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha after their child was sent home following a fall, then suffered seizures that left her permanently disabled.

The award is a record for medical malpractice in Nebraska, but could be drastically reduced under Nebraska’s $2.25 million cap on medical malpractice verdicts.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the jury on Monday awarded $21.5 million for a lifetime of medical care and damages to 5-year-old Vivianne Marousek and another $4.6 million to her parents. The jury found that Children's and one of its doctors improperly discharged Vivianne in 2017 after she suffered brain trauma in an accidental fall.

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