Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Alabama Supreme Court Stikes Down $5 Million Obstretics Medical Malpractice Award

I read yesterday the Alabama Supreme Court has overturned a multimillion-dollar jury verdict to a woman whose child died shortly after birth in 2005. The Alabama Supreme Court sided with Mobile OB-GYN in a malpractice lawsuit filed by Wendy Godwin Baggett over the death of her newborn son. The court ruled that evidence didn't support the amount awarded and ordered another trial.

The Mobile jury ordered the obstetrics group to pay Baggett $8 million, but that amount was reduced to $5 million before the case reached the Supreme Court. Baggett claimed that negligence by a doctor led to the death of her son less than two days after his birth.