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Jury awards family $12.8 million

Posted on Mar 03, 2007

Jury awards Rogers family $12.8 million by JENNIFER SICKING Published March 3, 2007 BELTON - A Bell County jury awarded a Rogers family $12.8 million after finding three Scott and White Memorial Hospital doctors and a nurse negligent. However, the family and Scott and White reached a settlement before the jury’s verdict on Wednesday. Mike Handy, attorney for Mary Dutton and Aaron Ainsworth of Rogers, declined to discuss the settlement, as did Scott and White spokesman Scott Clark. “I can’t really talk about the settlement agreement,” Handy said. “The terms and amounts are confidential,” Clark said. Scott and White’s attorney, Mark Stinnett of Dallas, could not be reached for comment. In the case heard by 169th District Judge Gordon Adams, Ms. Dutton and Ainsworth sued Scott and White, Dr. F.L. Leavelle, Dr. Karen Patterson, Dr. Patricia Sulak and Kimberly Waldo, a nurse, for failing to take proper care of Ms. Dutton during her pregnancy, which resulted in their daughter, Amanda Dutton Ainsworth, being born with cerebral palsy. “They’re very pleased with the jury verdict,” Handy, of Fort Worth, said. “This little girl is very, very needy and deserving. Amanda Ainsworth is 4 years old and pretty as a picture.” She also is legally blind, cannot stand on her own and probably will not progress mentally past that of a 2-year-old. “Our hearts go out to the patient and family,” Clark said. “We deliver more than 2,500 babies here every year and this is a unique situation that is both sad and unfortunate.” Clark said the hospital stood by those involved in the case.

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