Ball v. Allied Physicians Group, LLC -- instructive case re submission of future medical damages
Case addressing evidentiary and instructional issues associated with submission of issue of future medical damages. "When using evidence of future medical consequences to establish the value of a present injury, it is not necessary to establish the future consequences are reasonably certain to occur; rather, the plaintiff must show merely that there is an increased risk of suffering possible future consequences." However, in this case, "by contrast, where a plaintiff seeks to recover the medical costs associated with a future secondary injury that has not yet occurred, the plaintiff must prove the future injury itself is reasonably certain to occur."
Allied Physicians Group, L.L.C., d/b/a Breakthrough Pain Relief and Catherine Doty, M.D. appeal from the trial court’s entry of judgment upon a jury verdict in favor of Claudia Ball in her petition for damages.
AFFIRMED IN PART AND REVERSED AND REMANDED IN PART.
Division Three Holds: The trial court erred in submitting the issue of future medical damages to the jury because it was not supported by sufficient evidence. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in excluding evidence of a second needle breakage; did not err in submitting the informed-consent issue to the jury; and did not plainly err in submitting to the jury the verdict directing instruction that contained a typographical error.