Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds $29 Million Jury Verdict

On Thursday, September 1, 2011, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2010 jury verdict awarding a family $29.1 million in a medical malpractice case.  Christian Arroyo was born in 2003 with a common neonatal blood infection, which was left untreated for 12 hours.  Consequently, the child suffered irreversible brain damage. The boy, now 8, is a second grader who is a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy.  The government appealed the verdict against the government-employed doctors, claiming that the suit was untimely filed.  The appeals court rejected the argument.