‘Take Care of Maya’ Household Awarded $261 Million in Courtroom

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Jurors in Florida’s twelfth Judicial Circuit in Sarasota County discovered towards Johns Hopkins All Youngsters’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, courtroom paperwork issued Thursday present, ordering $211 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages for false imprisonment, battery, medical negligence and different fees.

Damages had been awarded for infliction of emotional misery on the daughter in query, Maya Kowalski, and her mom, Beata Kowalski, who died by suicide in 2017. Maya’s father, Jack Kowalski, was named as a plaintiff within the case representing Maya and his spouse’s property, courtroom paperwork confirmed.

Mr. Kowalski stated the case was about parental decision-making within the care of their kids. “Mother and father have rights and so they make the choice,” he stated.

In response to the household’s grievance, Maya was 10 years outdated in 2016 when she was handled at All Youngsters’s Hospital for complicated regional ache syndrome.

Whereas she was there, medical orders included “isolating” her and limiting household visits, the grievance stated. It stated she was touched towards her will or with out parental consent and put beneath video surveillance; her “signs worsened: her lesions reappeared, her legs atrophied, she regressed and have become wheelchair-bound.”

Mr. Kowalski was ultimately allowed to have visitations.

Lower than 48 hours later, Ms. Kowalski took her personal life, the grievance stated.

Ms. Anderson stated on Friday that the jury’s resolution was “vindication for the household and what they went via.”

Mr. Shapiro stated he anticipated the attraction course of to start out across the finish of the 12 months or early 2024. He stated the jury award wouldn’t be paid till the attraction course of is over.

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