Hospital Must Pay Couple $27 Million
A couple whose son was left blind and brain-damaged after a car accident and surgery were awarded $27 million in a lawsuit against Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Billy Jacobs, then 17, had been recovering from injuries received in the 1986 car accident when his parents brought him to Yale-New Haven because of recurring fevers.
In their lawsuit, the Jacobses said Yale-New Haven misdiagnosed Billy, performed unnecessary surgery and improperly allowed a resident physician to participate in the surgery. The lawsuit claimed the resident punctured Billy’s aorta while using a surgical clamp, causing profuse hemorrhaging and brain damage.
Billy Jacobs, now 29, is blind, unable to walk on his own and cognitively impaired.
Start your day right
Sign up for Essential California for the L.A. Times biggest news, features and recommendations in your inbox six days a week.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.