Court overturns $4.85M wrongful death award

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has overturned a $4.85 million wrongful death award issued by a jury to the family of a man who died in 2002 after being given a morphine overdose.

The Monroe Evening News reports ( ) the case involved Mercy Memorial Nursing Center, which cared for 76-year-old Burr Needham while he was recovering from a broken hip. The court in a ruling this month said there was insufficient evidence that such an amount was warranted.

A Circuit Court jury in 2010 ruled that the nursing center was negligent. The appeals court supported the jury’s negligence finding.

The medical examiner ruled Needham’s death a homicide from acute morphine intoxication.

No criminal charges were filed after an investigation by the Monroe County sheriff’s office and the Michigan attorney general.


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