D’Amore Highlighted by Associated Press for Successful Verdict

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Injury Board member Tom D’Amore was recently featured by the Associated Press for receiving a $1 million verdict in a significant suit.

D’Amore, of D’Amore Law Group, who represented a woman who was molested by an anesthesiologist while under sedation, has been awarded $950,000 in compensatory and punitive damages in her case against a hospital in The Dalles, Ore.

The Dalles Chronicle reports a jury on Friday awarded the damages after ruling the Mid-Columbia Medical Center was negligent. The woman, a former hospital employee, is one of a dozen women who have sued the hospital. The women all said they told hospital officials they were abused, but no action was taken. Most of their cases have already been settled or resolved at trial.

In 2012, Fredrick Field, M.D., was sentenced to 23 years in prison on abuse and rape convictions. The women were all under sedation when abused.

“With this verdict, the jury sent a message to the hospital administration: you need to change your practices, because patient safety is part of your job,” said D’Amore. “Sex abusers often seek out victims where they are most vulnerable—in places like hospitals. It is the hospital’s job to safeguard against this abuse. A medical facility must be a safe place in order to provide good patient care. I hope Mid-Columbia Medical Center finally gets the message.”

For more information on the case or D’Amore, please visit www.damorelaw.com.

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