FARGO – A Cass County jury on Tuesday awarded $900,000 to a former MeritCare oral surgeon who sued the Fargo-based health care provider for whistleblower retaliation and breach of contract.
Mitchell Magid claimed he was fired Nov. 4, 2009, because he had raised concerns about a disposable breathing device being reused on patients and about the work of a fellow oral surgeon at MeritCare, which officially merged with Sanford Health two days earlier.
The jury awarded Magid $750,000 in damages plus $150,000 in punitive damages, which he had sought separately based on his whistleblower claim and which required a higher standard of proof, said his attorney, James Kaster of Minneapolis.
“He’s very happy,” Kaster said. “He was concerned about patient care issues, and … he feels like this is a message to him that his concerns were heard by the jury. That was the most important thing to him.”
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Jury awards $900K to former MeritCare surgeon | Fargo, ND