A jury has awarded an Indiana couple $15 million in a lawsuit that alleged medical malpractice caused their daughter to be born with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy.
But the parents of Juliann Bobbitt likely will see only a fraction of that because of a restrictive Indiana law that caps medical malpractice verdicts.
The jury, following a 10-day trial, ruled in favor of parents Jamie and Crystal Bobbitt and against St. Mary's Medical Center and a doctor there. Among other things, the lawsuit alleged that physicians failed to recognize fetal distress and didn't deliver the baby swiftly enough.
Juliann, who is now 9, is wheelchair bound with cerebral palsy in all four limbs, cannot speak and needs constant nursing care. According to evidence at the trial, it was estimated that the Bobbitts will spend between $5 million and $10 million to care for their daughter during her life.
Indiana was one of the first states to cap medical malpractice awards, and now limits such awards to $1.25 million.
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