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Jury awards $75,000 in damages to woman

Boardman doctor sued for medical malpractice

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County jury ruled in favor of an Austintown woman who sued Boardman doctor Joseph F. Yurich and The Comprehensive Surgical Group of Northeast Ohio for medical malpractice. The jury awarded the woman $75,000 in damages.

The suit by Leona Dixon of Austintown resulted in a jury trial before visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court beginning Aug. 30.

On Sept. 2, the jury found that Yurich made a decision that was not what a reasonably careful physician would have made under the same or similar circumstances, according to court documents.

The jury found that Yurich’s negligence was the cause of the injuries she suffered. A call to her attorney to learn what type of injuries was not returned.

Attorneys for Yurich and the medical practice also did not return a call seeking comment.

The jury divided up the damages as $5,000 for financial damages; $35,000 in non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering; and $35,000 for damages the woman is likely to incur in the future.

Yurich and the Comprehensive Surgical Group of Northeast Ohio have an office 7645 Market St., Suite 200, in Boardman.

The complaint Dixon filed on Jan. 7, 2019, alleged that Yurich and the medical group provided medical care to her from Jan. 30, 2017, to Jan. 30, 2018.

It alleged she suffered serious, permanent personal injuries, pain, mental anguish, emotional and psychological distress and expenses as a result of the negligence of the defendants.

The defendants failed to appropriately inform Dixon of the material risks and benefits of the treatment and failed to inform her of alternate forms of treatment, the suit alleged.

The risks of the care and treatment did, in fact, materialize, the suit alleged.

In July 2017, Yurich was sentenced to 180 days in the Mahoning County jail — with all but 10 days suspended — after being convicted of vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident for striking a boat at Berlin Reservoir in 2015, killing Neal Cuppett, 58, of Akron, who was on the other boat.

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