At the conclusion of an eight-day Georgia medical malpractice jury trial, and jury deliberations over the course of two days, the Georgia medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiffs, who are husband and wife, for the devastating brain injury suffered by the wife due to a heart attack she suffered while being x-rayed three days after she delivered her baby.
The woman was without oxygen to her brain for ten minutes after her heart attack before she was able to be resuscitated, causing her to sustain a severe and permanent brain injury that prevents her from caring for herself. The Georgia medical malpractice plaintiffs, and their medical experts, contended that the woman, who had preeclampsia during her pregnancy, suffered pulmonary edema caused by uncontrolled blood pressure that caused her heart to stop that resulted from the medical negligence of the two defendant obstetricians.
The defense told the Georgia medical malpractice jury that the wife’s heart attack was likely due to a pulmonary embolism, based on how suddenly the heart attack occurred, and that the defendant obstetricians had ordered proper medical testing and medications to address the woman’s blood pressure issue and that they had complied with the hospital’s policy regarding blood pressure treatment.
The plaintiffs argued that the defendants had failed to properly address the wife’s erratic blood pressure and that they improperly allowed her fluid levels to become critical, which led to the build up of fluids in her lungs (pulmonary edema) that stopped her heart. The plaintiffs argued that there was no physical evidence that the woman had suffered a pulmonary embolism.
The Georgia medical malpractice jury deliberated for about fifteen hours before rendering its verdict on February 21, 2017. The jury awarded the plaintiffs $18 million each for their noneconomic damages, along with $9.8 million in economic damages, which the parties had stipulated was the amount of economic damages in the event that the jury found that the defendants had breached the standard of care in their care and treatment of the wife and that their medical negligence was the cause of her injuries.
The plaintiffs’ medical malpractice lawyer told the jury in his closing argument, “Search your hearts, search your conscience, do what you think is the right thing to do given what this lady has had to go through. And, award a substantial verdict, a very substantial verdict, because this woman has lost more than anybody can imagine.”
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