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Case No. 22-1903

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Crawford v. Mitros


Mitchell J. Crawford and Angela L. Vargas, Individually and as Parents and Next Friends of M.J.C., Plaintiffs-Appellants

Christopher L. Mitros, M.D., Joshua A. Pruitt, M.D., East Central Iowa Acute Care, LLP, St. Luke's Methodist Hospital, St. Luke's Methodist Hospital d/b/a UnityPoint Heath Cedar Rapids, and State of Iowa, Defendants-Appellees

Attorneys for Appellants

James K. Weston II

Hugh G. Albrecht

Attorneys for Appellees East Central Iowa Acute Care LLP and Christopher L. Mitros, M.D.

Richard A. Stefani

Thomas F. Ochs

Attorneys for Appellee State of Iowa

Jessica Tucker Glick 

Carolyn Russel Wallace

Attorneys for Appellee UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids

Tricia Hoffman-Simanek

Graham R. Carl

Attorneys for Appellee St. Luke's Methodist Hospital

Tricia Hoffman-Simanek

Graham R. Carl

Ross T. Andrews

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 21, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Christopher L. Bruns, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Schumacher, P.J., and Ahlers and Langholz, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (10 pages)

            Angela Vargas and Mitchell Crawford, as parents and next friends of their child, appeal the district court’s ruling granting the defendants’ motion for directed verdict in this medical malpractice case.  The appellants argue they presented substantial evidence to support their claim for lost chance of a better outcome.  OPINION HOLDS: Assuming without deciding that Iowa recognizes a cause of action for lost chance of a better outcome, we conclude the plaintiffs failed to present substantial evidence to warrant submission of the claim to the jury.

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