Doctor ordered to pay $5 million settlement
A jury has told Loma Linda University Medical Center to pay $5.8 million to one of its doctors who claimed a botched back operation left him with chronic pain.
A San Bernardino County Superior Court jury awarded damages Wednesday to Mark Macknet and his wife, Michelle, in a medical negligence lawsuit.
Macknet, an anesthesiologist at the hospital, sued over a 2004 back surgery. He claimed surgeons used unsterilized equipment that caused an infection and forced him to undergo five more surgeries, said his attorney, Jeffrey Raynes of Redlands.
At trial, the lawyer presented evidence that Macknet will need to take pain medication for the rest of his life and will have to retire earlier than planned.
The hospital disagreed with the verdict, spokeswoman Katie Ellis said.
“While we respect the jury process, we believe that they came to the wrong conclusion in this case,” she said in a statement. “We are going to explore all of our options, including appeal.”
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