Stephens v. Rakes (Signed Opinion)Annotate this Case
This action arose from medical treatment received by decedent Gary Rakes at the Bluefield Regional Medical Center between September 3, 2010 and September 5, 2010. The decedent died on September 5, 2010. Respondent, as personal representative of the estate of Gary Rakes, filed this medical malpractice action alleging that Defendants, including Dr. Delilah Stephens, deviated from the standard of care by prescribing and administering excessive doses of Haldol and Seroquel to the decedent. After a jury trial, the jury awarded Respondent $500,000 in non-economic damages and $500,000 in punitive damages. A judgment order in the amount of $810,000 was entered. Dr. Stephens appealed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the circuit court (1) did not err in denying Dr. Stephens’s motion for judgment as a matter of law or, in the alternative, motion for a new trial; (2) did not err in denying Dr. Stephens’s motion for summary judgment on the issue of proximate causation; and (3) did not err in denying Dr. Stephens’s motion for summary judgment regarding Respondent’s claim for punitive damages.