Friday, Mar 18th, 2016
Robert Williams and Andrew Knowlton, attorneys in the firm's Birmingham office, successfully defended a hospital in a two-week case involving a brain-damaged child.
The plaintiffs claimed that the hospital and its nurses failed to properly read and interpret the fetal heart tracings, failed to adequately communicate critical information to the on-call physician, and delayed in calling the physician to perform an emergency cesarean section after the mother suffered a placental abruption. Plaintiffs presented expert testimony claiming that the nurses’ monitoring and reporting of the fetal heart tones were below the standard of care and caused an untimely caesarian section. Plaintiffs further argued that the child’s brain damage occurred at the hospital as a result of the nurses’ failure to comply with the standard of care.
In closing arguments, Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $18 million in compensatory damages. After a two hour deliberation on March 18, 2016, the jury returned with a defense verdict.