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Jury Awards $5 Million to Family of Man Who Died in Montgomery County Hospital

Justice scale on blue backgroundFollowing the death of an 88-year-old man at Abington Memorial Hospital in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a jury has awarded $5 million to his family.

Marvin Summerford was shifted to the hospital in November 2008 due to episodes of fainting. He died less than a week later after radiologists misread an X-ray, causing a feeding tube to fill his left lung. According to plaintiffs’ lawyer Michael A. Trunk, “Marvin Summerford’s lung was pumped full of feeding solution, in essence slowly drowning him while he was fully conscious and his arms were restrained.”

The hospital said in a statement, “This was an unfortunate outcome for the family…However, the hospital is disappointed in the award and is considering post-trial options.”

UC Settles Ted Agu Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $4.75 Million

courtroomFollowing the death of Cal football player Ted Agu during a team drill, the University of California has settled the wrongful death lawsuit filed by his family, for $4.75 million.

Agu, 21, died in winter 2014 after a supervised offseason workout outside Cal’s Memorial Stadium. After his death, his parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the university put him in such a strenuous workout even when the doctors and coaches knew about his sickle cell trait.

On April 14th, the University of California and Agu’s family reached a settlement, bringing months of negotiations to an end.