Jury: Virginia Mason should pay couple $8.5M in disfigured-penis case
A jury awarded $8.5 million to a Seattle couple after the man underwent a surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center and developed complications that led to months of reconstructing his penis.
The couple said they had insisted that a specific doctor handle a portion of the procedure, but they learned later that a less-experienced doctor did so.
The verdict Wednesday in King County Superior Court found Virginia Mason was negligent in causing injury to Matthew and Dr. Sarah Hipps. The jury awarded $6 million to Matthew Hipps and $2.5 million to Sarah Hipps.
The Hippses said they felt vindicated by the jury and betrayed by Virginia Mason, where Sarah Hipps worked as an anesthesiologist at the time of her husband’s surgery. “I felt totally betrayed,” she said. “These were people I worked with for years.”