A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that Ed McMahon’s medical malpractice lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and doctors can proceed. McMahon had alleged claims that include negligence, elder abuse, battery, fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Attorneys for Cedars-Sinai Hospital had challenged the negligence lawsuit for six of the claims. But Judge John P. Sook disagreed, and his ruling now allows McMahon to seek punitive damages.
McMahon filed suit in July and is seeking damages for injuries he sustained after a fall last March at a Los Angeles home.
McMahon alleged that doctors at Cedars-Sinai failed to perform an X-ray and determine that he had a broken neck when he was brought into the emergency room. The suit also alleges that a doctor at the hospital’s spinal-care center improperly performed two surgeries.
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