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WTO defends hospital against medical malpractice claims of birth trauma


Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell successfully defended a hospital in a three-week medical malpractice trial in Washington, D.C, and affirmed that verdict on appeal to the D.C. Court of Appeals. The plaintiffs in the case, a minor with cerebral palsy and his parents, alleged that the doctor provided the child with less than the standard of care, which led to a brain hemorrhage that in turn caused the child's cerebral palsy.

WTO established that the child's condition was attributable to his 14-week premature birth. The jury delivered a full defense verdict, after only an hour of deliberation, in favor of the hospital.

Affirmed on appeal to the D.C. Court of Appeals WTO's unanimous defense jury verdict for a hospital after a three-week trial in Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs alleged the doctor provided less than the standard of care, resulting in an infant's cerebral palsy. WTO established the child's condition was attributable to his 14-week premature birth.