Patton & Ryan Win Defense Verdict in $31 Million Pediatric Malpractice Case

November 7, 2016

Patton & Ryan Senior Partner John W. Patton, Jr. and associate Kathryn Vaughan secured this remarkable verdict after a two week trial with deliberations lasting just under two hours. The Plaintiff’s future medical and life care plan was nearly twenty million dollars coupled with a claim of future lost wages totaling in the millions of dollars.

The child, now 9 years old, has permanent and severe cognitive and physical disabilities.  At the time of the delivery, the baby contracted Group B Strep (GBBS) which ultimately resulted in meningitis. Plaintiff claimed that the baby was exhibiting obvious signs and symptoms of infection prior to discharge and that the defendant pediatrician was negligent in discharging him at thirty-six hours. The defense strategy was to show the jury that this baby was not exhibiting any signs or symptoms of infection prior to discharge through the testimony of the treating physicians and our defendant pediatrician. Through our experts and numerous other healthcare providers we went through the chart and explained how the symptoms that Plaintiff cherry-picked are seen in most normal newborns. Plaintiff’s case required a jury to ignore the testimony of numerous treating physicians while listening solely to their nine retained experts.

This verdict is the result of an aggressive and focused trial team of Patton & Ryan attorneys. Should you want John and our team to help you on a large exposure matter, anywhere in the nation, or just want more information on us, please do not hesitate to email or call us.