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Defense Verdict in Obstetrical Malpractice Trial

March 5, 2008

Tom Carlock and Eric Frisch, along with Athens attorney Drew Marshall, recently won a defense verdict for a hospital in Athens, Georgia in a five week liability trial involving allegations of obstetrical malpractice. Plaintiffs alleged that a community obstetrician and the nursing staff at the hospital failed to deliver the baby fast enough in light of what they contended were non-reassuring fetal heart rate patterns. The defense presented strong expert and fact witness testimony that the labor had proceeded normally and that there were no warning signs of decreased oxygen to the baby. The defense also presented strong expert testimony that the baby’s alleged injuries may have occurred before labor started and at least some of the claimed injuries may have been genetic.

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