Charlie Weis has lost. The crew cut head coach of the Notre Dame football team had brought a medical malpractice case against the surgeons that had performed gastric bypass surgery on him, based on a failure to promptly diagnose and treat post-operative bleeding that had sent Weis into a coma.
The verdict was delivered today after two hours of jury deliberations, according to news accounts. The Wizard of Odds college football blog had been live-blogging the trial. This was the second trial, as the first had ended in mistrial when a juror fell ill and the defendant physicians ran to assist in full view of the rest of the jury.
Nationwide, approximately 2/3 of all malpractice verdicts favor the defendants. This occurs because, generally speaking, it is usually the most difficult of cases that go to verdict, and due to juries favoring physicians over patients according to a recent Michigan Law Review study.
- Doctors cleared in Weis case (Boston Herald)
- Charlie Weis Loses Medical Malpractice Trial (Massachusetts Personal Injury Law Blog)
- Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis loses malpractice suit (Boston Globe)
- Jury finds doctors not negligent in malpractice lawsuit (AP via ESPN)
- Weis Loses Battle of the Bulge (Wizard of Odds)
(Eric Turkewitz is a personal injury attorney in New York)