Boerste v University Hospital, et. al.
A 2019 jury verdict for $10.5 million in Boerste v. University Hospital, et. al. which included an $8,075,000 award for pain and suffering which is believed to be one of the largest awards for pain and suffering for a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case not involving a brain injured child, paraplegic, or quadriplegic. This is one of the top 10 largest medical malpractice verdicts in the state. The jury placed 60% of the fault on the nurses and 10% of the fault on the surgeon for leaving a sponge behind inside Carolyn’s abdomen after surgery amounting to a collectible verdict of $6,650,000 from the $9,500,000 compensatory damages award against these Defendants plus an additional $1,000,000 of punitive damages awarded against the nurses.
Below is a narrative of the jury trial, the verdict, and a sampling of the trial exhibits that were crafted to simplify the evidence for the jury in this case involving 5 separate medical providers who committed what amounted to a tragedy of errors with Carolyn’s medical care. Also below are links to various internet reports of this result.