Idaho Supreme Court affirms verdict in liposuction death

Posted at 12:21 PM, Aug 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-06 14:25:56-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Supreme Court has affirmed a jury verdict for $3.8 million against a southwest Idaho doctor following the death of a woman who underwent a liposuction procedure.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the court ruled Thursday in the wrongful death and medical malpractice case against Silk Touch Laser owner and its owner, anesthesiologist Brian Kerr.

The court says there is substantial evidence supporting the verdict.

Twenty-seven-year-old Krystal Ballard underwent the liposuction and fat-transfer procedure in 2010 and died less than a week later from septic shock caused by bacteria.

Her husband, Charles Ballard, filed a wrongful death lawsuit and a jury in 2014 awarded him about $2.5 million in economic damage and $1.3 million in non-economic damages.

Kerr says he's sad about the death but wishes Krystal Ballard had taken advised precautions to prevent infection.