The family of 3-year old Kiarra Smith has been awarded $19.2 million by a Lee County Florida jury. In 2007, Kiarra was born premature and suffers from blindness and cerebral palsy. However, the lawsuit concerned what happened 15 days after her premature birth when she was given 100 times the dosage of nutrients she was supposed to receive. This, according to the lawsuit, led to cardiac arrest and severe complications. She will need lifelong care.
In spite of the $19.2 million dollar verdict for the prescription error, the Smith family’s award may be reduced to $200,000 because of sovereign immunity liability caps. The family plans to fight the caps since the reduction would not cover the child’s ongoing and future medical expenses.
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