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Wed July 3, 2013
Appeals court upholds large medical malpractice award
A federal appeals court has ordered Campbell County Memorial Hospital to pay a Nevada woman $2 million for damages she suffered when a doctor there failed to diagnose that her husband had broken his neck in a vehicle accident.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver this week reinstated a jury award of $2 million to Rebecca Prager of Nevada. The appeals court decision overturns an earlier order by a federal judge in Wyoming reducing her award from $2 million to $500,000.
The appeals court also upheld the jury award of $7 million to Prager's husband, oilfield worker Louis C. Prager. The jury found his left arm was paralyzed after a doctor failed to diagnose that he had broken his neck in the 2008 rollover accident.