Liability Dramatically Reduced at Trial for Healthcare Providers

A terminated nurse anesthetist sued a surgery center and its chief of anesthesia claiming breach of contract, defamation, and interference with prospective economic advantage.  On the eve of trial, the plaintiff demanded a quarter of a million dollars in settlement.  Defendants countered with an offer of $25,000.  Further settlement talks were unsuccessful.  After a 10-day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the chief of anesthesia and a verdict against the surgery center for $30,000, just $5,000 over what defendants had offered plaintiff in settlement.


Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado


Mark H. Van Brussel

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