Wrongful Death Verdict
June 27, 2018
On June 27, 2018, a jury in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado returned a verdict in favor of plaintiffs in three consolidated wrongful death cases against DaVita, Inc. (“DaVita”) in the amount of $8.5 million in compensatory damages and $375 million in punitive damages for the three plaintiffs. Plaintiffs in the case were represented by Stuart M. Paynter, Jennifer L. Murray, Celeste H.G. Boyd, and Sara C. Willingham of the Paynter Law and Robert B. Carey, Molly A. Booker, and E. Tory Beardsley of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.
Defendant DaVita is one of the largest operators of dialysis centers in the United States, with a network of over 2,000 outpatient dialysis centers throughout 44 states and the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs were family members of individuals who died after being treated at DaVita clinics. They alleged that DaVita administered an acid concentrate, GranuFlo, without informing the patients or their doctors that GranuFlo could affect their acid–base balance and trigger cardiac arrest. The case went to trial in June 2018 after almost three years of litigation, and plaintiffs prevailed.
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