December 03, 2019
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Cary Medical Center could appeal $1.2 million damages award

Chris Bouchard | Aroostook Republican
Chris Bouchard | Aroostook Republican
Cary Medical Center

CARIBOU, Maine — Cary Medical Center is considering its options, including possibly an appeal, after a jury awarded $1.2 million in damages on Nov. 7 to a patient who sued the hospital for medical negligence, according to the hospital’s lawyer Ernest Babcock of Portland.

An Aroostook County Superior Court jury found that the hospital improperly treated Perham resident Patricia Akerson, who went to the hospital with a hematoma that later ruptured and led to three surgeries.

Akerson’s lawyer Travis Brennan of Portland said the case was “about egregious medical care that ought to have no place in the state of Maine.”

“We are pleased that the jury understood the high stakes at issue in this case,” Brennan said, “and through their verdict took decisive action to protect the community from dangerous medicine that threatens the well-being of all Mainers.”

According to Brennan, Akerson initially sought between $500,000 and $700,000 in damages, but the jury awarded roughly double that amount.

Babcock said it would not be appropriate to comment any further since the matter is still in litigation. Legal counsel also has advised hospital officials to not comment at this time.


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