Jury Awards $1.5 Million In Malpractice Case Against PeaceHealth

Sep 29, 2017

Friday afternoon, a Lane County jury awarded the mother of Lauren Jones $1.5 million in a malpractice case against PeaceHealth Medical Center.

Dorian Sanders filed a civil lawsuit against the hospital after her daughter, a freshman at the University of Oregon, died of meningococcemia during an outbreak in 2015.

Dorian Sanders, mother of Lauren Jones, outside the courtroom after a jury awarded her $1.5 million in damages. Pedi Sanders (left) is Lauren's stepfather. Attorneys Eldon Rosenthal and David Miller (far right) represented Sanders in the malpractice case against PeaceHealth.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

The trial, which lasted nearly three weeks, ended with a decision for the plaintiff. The nine to three verdict found PeaceHealth negligent in one or more ways which caused the death of 18-year old Lauren Jones. Here’s Dorian Sanders right after the verdict was announced:

“Basically, there was a mistake that was made and I’m just glad that justice was served.”

Sanders says she is proud that her daughter’s death was the catalyst for a massive vaccination effort at the U of O. During the time of the disease outbreak, 22,000 students received the meningococcemia vaccine.