A jury awarded $524 million medical malpractice verdict to three individuals with at least two of the individuals stating that they had received Hepatitis C due to the unsanitary practices of a surgeon. It is claimed that a gastroenterologist reused vials of anesthesia and failed to sterilize equipment. It is also alleged that the practices of this doctor may have caused as many as 50,000 patients to have contracted Hepatitis C as well due to surgical errors.
In a state outside of Pennsylvania, that state's highest court has overthrown the state's cap on non-economic damage awards by juries. In a case that concerned a severely brain injured child that came about due to medical malpractice, the high court stated that the state cap limiting non-economic damages to $500,000 or five times what was determined to be compensatory damages violated a party's rights to a trial by jury.