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Paralyzed man wins hospital lawsuit

– A jury has awarded $2.8 million to a Columbus man who was paralyzed after hospital employees put him in a restraint hold.

Michael Dillon sued OhioHealth, the parent company of Doctors Hospital in Columbus, in June 2010, a year after the incident.

The lawsuit says that an employee severely injured Dillon’s cervical spine by applying excessive force to his neck and body.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that an eight-member jury unanimously found in Dillon’s favor Thursday after a monthlong trial.

They awarded him a total of about $2.8 million for medical costs and care, and damages.

OhioHealth spokesman Mark Hopkins says the company likely will appeal the decision and that the staff maintains that Dillon’s allegations are inaccurate.

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