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Physician Law Blog
March 10, 2021

The Missouri Supreme Court Upholds a Jury’s Award of Punitive Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case but Issues a Strong Warning to Future Litigants

On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, the Missouri Supreme Court in Rhoden v. Missouri Delta Medical Center upheld a Scott County jury’s award of $300,000 in punitive damages.  The Court held that the facts in the record met the Plaintiff’s burden of proving “defendant[s] showed a complete indifference to or conscious disregard for the safety of others.”