$5.1M For Surgical Screw-UpJun 10, 2005 | AP
A jury awarded $5.1 million to a man who went to a hospital for emergency surgery to remove his appendix and ended up brain damaged and in a vegetative state.
The mother of Anthony Arachikavitz, 43, of Pahrump, Nev., sued Akron General Medical Center and several doctors in Summit County Common Pleas Court on behalf of her son. The hospital reached a confidential settlement with the family last year.
After three weeks of trial before Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh and nearly three days of deliberation, the jury on Tuesday deadlocked on one doctor's liability but awarded damages against Dr. Michael Labode and his company, Anesthesiology Associates of Akron.
Arachikavitz went to the hospital on Dec. 16, 2001, after complaining of abdomen pain for three days. Following surgery, he was in a recovery room where he showed signs of breathing problem. After being moved to a private room, he lost consciousness and suffered brain damage.