Listen Now ButtonListen Live Now!

Mailing List ButtonSign up for our Mailing List!

10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Family challenges Missouri limits on noneconomic damages

Local

Family challenges Missouri limits on noneconomic damages

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The family of a woman who died after heart surgery is challenging Missouri law capping how much her family can receive in damages. A lawyer for Shannon Dodson’s family argued Wednesday to the state Supreme Court that such limits are unconstitutional. The 34-year-old died in 2011 after a St. Louis-area […]

Family challenges Missouri limits on noneconomic damages

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The family of a woman who died after heart surgery is challenging Missouri law capping how much her family can receive in damages.

A lawyer for Shannon Dodson’s family argued Wednesday to the state Supreme Court that such limits are unconstitutional.

The 34-year-old died in 2011 after a St. Louis-area doctor performed a heart test that led to complications and required emergency surgery. A jury awarded the family $9 million in noneconomic damages.

A trial court reduced the noneconomic damages to $350,000 based on state law.
Dodson attorney Patrick Hagerty says that infringes on the right to a jury trial and cited a 2012 Supreme Court decision that struck down limits for noneconomic damages.

The doctor’s attorney, Paul Venker, says the ruling doesn’t apply in wrongful death cases.

Share:
  • googleplus
  • linkedin
  • tumblr
  • rss
  • pinterest
  • mail

By Colin Jeffery

There are 0 comments

Leave a comment

Want to express your opinion?
Leave a reply!

Error, no group ID set! Check your syntax!