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<p class="Body-text">A widow filed a malpractice action alleging a hospital&rsquo;s failure to evaluate the patient, which would have revealed extreme respiratory distress. The patient&rsquo;s death was caused by a lack of oxygen. Experts testified that if the patient had been placed on a ventilator, he would have had a significantly higher chance of surviving his condition, pneumonia. Following a seven-day trial, the jury rendered a defense verdict after a mere 14 minutes of deliberation. The plaintiff brought a post-trial motion seeking to overturn the decision, and the court ordered a new trial.</p>

Defense Verdict Rejects $16 Million Demand, but 14-Minute Deliberation Gives Rise to an Appeal