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WTO defends hospital against medical malpractice claims of birth trauma

Date: 03.22.11

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.