Jury awards $2.8M to OH man paralyzed at hospital

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A jury has awarded $2.8 million to a Columbus man who was paralyzed after hospital employees put him in a restraint hold.

Michael Dillon sued OhioHealth, the parent company of Doctors Hospital in Columbus, in June 2010, a year after the incident.

The lawsuit says that an employee severely injured Dillon’s cervical spine by applying excessive force to his neck and body.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/16CW0u1) that an eight-member jury unanimously found in Dillon’s favor on Thursday after a monthlong trial.

They awarded him a total of about $2.8 million for medical costs and care, and damages.

OhioHealth spokesman Mark Hopkins says the company likely will appeal the decision and that the staff maintains that Dillon’s allegations are inaccurate.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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