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Tennessee jury awards $7.8 million in hospital negligence lawsuit

The AP (9/1) reported, "A western Tennessee jury has awarded $7.8 million in damages to the family of a child who suffered severe brain damage as a result of an improperly treated wound at a hospital." As the story describes, the lawsuit "stemmed from when then-12-year-old Jonathan Reynolds was treated in 2004 after falling on a nail. The lawsuit claimed that proper procedures were not taken to avoid infection and the hospital personnel failed to give him the proper antibiotics." According to the AP, the boy caught a flesh-eating bacterium that required a number of skin grafts, and also developed brain injuries after slipping into a coma.