The Missouri Supreme Court Declares Judgment in Unjustified Death Suit

The Supreme Court of Missouri affirmed the Scott County Circuit Court’s judgment in a wrongful death suit. John Henry Rhoden and Dorothy Jean Winfield were awarded $869,780.80 in damages back on November 5, 2018 to be paid by Missouri Delta Medical Center for the wrongful death of their father. Roosevelt Rhoden. MDMC tried to appeal the judgment; however the Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s decision.   Court documents state following prostate surgery in October 2012, Roosevelt Rhoden experienced renal failure and difficulty breathing. Following an exploratory laparotomy was performed, examining his entire gastrointestinal tract, it was determined a ruptured diverticulum had resulted in free air in Roosevelt Rhoden’s abdomen. Roosevelt Rhoden developed sepsis following the laparotomy, as well as kidney and respiratory complications. He improved after being transferred to another hospital, but subsequently suffered a stroke and was placed in a skilled nursing facility where he died in October 2013.

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