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A Clark County jury last week awarded $4.5 million to the family of late artist Craig Pozzi. According to the jury, Mr. Pozzi’s doctors had misdiagnosed his condition for years. They diagnosed his symptoms as anxiety attacks when in fact the episodes were small seizures occurring as a result of the large brain tumor.

Doctors testified during the two-week trial that if Pozzi’s tumor had been diagnosed in 1994, when he first sought treatment, he could have lived 15 to 25 years.

With all the controversy over “tort reform” in the last few years, the victims get lost in the shuffle. According to the jury, had Mr. Pozzi’s condition been diagnosed when it should have, he would have lived an additional 15-25 years. This occurred through no fault of his own and at the hands of someone he trusted. It is fair to put a monetary cap on the value of 25 years of one’s life?

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Medical Malpractice and Negligent Care.

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