In 2009, I described a unique lawsuit: Michael Jacobs v. The Center for Organ Recovery & Education; Jonathan Coleman; The Hamot Medical Center Of The City Of Erie, Pennsylvania; William R. Phelps, M.D.; Peter Pahapill, M.D.; Jeffrey Bednarski, M.D.; Roberto Lopez, M.D.; Ruy Cruz, M.D.; Emergycare, Inc., NO. 1:09-CV-00048 (W.D. Pa. filed Mar. 4, 2009).
This is a case in which a high school student suffered a serious head injury while skiing. His parents allege all sorts of medical malpractice from many different providers. But most notably, they allege that Defendants deceived and coerced them into consenting to a DNR order and to organ donation. They also allege that the organ harvesting was done before their son's death.
This week, the parties filed a petition for the court to approve their settlement agreement. I will post the relevant documents. Basically, on almost the eve of trial, the settling defendants CORE and Hamot Medical Center have agreed to pay plaintiffs $1,200,000 to settle all claims.