Lane Jubb, ’14, won a $20 million verdict from a Chester County verdict on behalf of the family of a woman who died after being discharged from a spinal surgery center, The Legal Intelligencer reported on March 29.
An attorney with the Beasley Law Firm, Jubb represented the estate and family of Sharon Kimble, who died after allegedly being discharged prematurely from the Laser Spine Institute. The jury heard allegations that the surgery center discharged Kimble while she still had a significant amount of anesthetic in her body, instructing her to take additional pain medication. She died hours after being discharged.
In court records, the article said, the defendants claimed they had treated Kimble properly and that she required a high dosage of anesthesia because a prolonged reliance on medication for chronic back pain had given her a high tolerance. According to the article, an anesthesiology expert testified for the defense that Kimble’s husband had failed to properly monitor his wife following surgery and that he should have called emergency services.
Calling the center’s treatment “a production line,” Jubb told the newspaper that jurors were offended by efforts to blame Kimble’s husband.
“Blaming the husband for failing to pay close attention to his wife in the hotel and suggesting that she would be alive was offensive to logic, since it was their position that she could have been discharged in that state anyway,” Jubb said.
Attorneys for the defense declined to provide the newspaper with a comment.