St. Louis Public Radio, April 20, 2016
The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that allows caps on some damages in wrongful death lawsuits.
Shannon Dodson died five years ago at Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis County after an artery was punctured during a heart catheter test. Her family received nearly $11 million in damages, including $9 million in non-economic damages.
The trial court later reduced the non-economic portion to $350,000 due to a long-standing state law, reducing their total reward to nearly $2.2 million.