Jury Verdict for Pediatrician in Medical Malpractice Suit
On June 29, 2018, Tommie Williams and Tommie Williams, Jr., obtained a jury verdict in favor of a Pediatrician in a trial held in Cleveland, Mississippi. Originally, the plaintiffs had sought over $1,000,000.00 in damages, including a claim for brain damage. Following a Daubert challenge of the plaintiffs' expert witness, the plaintiffs withdrew their Life Care Plan and claim for future economic damages.
The case advanced to trial on June 25, 2018. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant pediatrician was negligent in his treatment of the plaintiff during the first thirty days of life. The defense countered that the infant suffered from an undiagnosed syndrome (Food Protein Induced Entercolitis Syndrome), which caused the infant's gastrointestinal tract to become permeable which resulted in bacteria entering the child's blood stream causing sepsis and a 6 week hospitalization at UMMC. The defense presented expert testimony in the fields of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease and Pediatric Gastorenterology. After five days of trial, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant pediatrician.