Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center slapped with $10.3M penalty in bed sore lawsuit

A Las Vegas, N.M., jury awarded $10.3 million to the estate of a Raton man who sued Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center after he developed bed sores.

Of the total awarded Friday before State District Judge Abigail Aragon in the Fourth District, $595,000 was designated as compensatory damages and $9.75 million as punitive.

"Alfred Gonzales was somebody that didn’t receive the proper care that he needed, and the jury respected him enough as a person to acknowledge that and award a big enough sum that we hope health care companies will take notice of it and treat everybody with the kind of care that they deserve," said Lee Hunt, one of three lawyers who worked on the case.

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