SBH Partners Mark Smith, Jenny Blake, and Tom Hill Close Out 2022 with 3 Trial Victories In 42 Days!
On November 10, 2022, Mark Smith obtained a not guilty verdict for his client, a local hospital, whose employed maternal fetal medicine specialist ordered, and whose nurses administered, an antibiotic to a high-risk patient who reported a history of an allergy to the medication. She was pregnant with IVF twins at twenty-three weeks gestational age and had experienced intermittent bleeding and possible leakage of amniotic fluid. She was admitted and given the antibiotic for GBS prophylaxis to protect the babies from infection. Plaintiff alleged the patient suffered an allergic reaction (severe skin rash/hives), which led to pre-term labor and the delivery of the twins at twenty-four weeks gestation. One twin died at twenty-six days of life from complications of prematurity and the other survived with alleged significant disabilities. Mr. Smith successfully established there was no scientific evidence the medication caused the claimed injuries. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $28 million.
On December 12, 2022, Tom Hill obtained a not guilty verdict for his client, a gastroenterologist. Plaintiff alleged a fragment of a stent was left in his pancreas, he was not told of the fragment, and it caused repeated hospitalizations for acute pancreatitis, the need for surgical removal of the stent, and chronic pancreatitis. Mr. Hill successfully established the patient was informed of the fragment despite a lack of documentation and the stent fragment was not the cause of the patient’s ongoing medical issues. The plaintiff asked for between $4 and $5 million.
On December 21, 2022, Jenny Blake obtained a not guilty verdict for her client, a local hospital. Ms. Blake successfully argued her client’s alleged agents/doctors were not required to take the patient for immediate cardiac catheterization after the patient presented with severe chest pain and had an abnormal EKG. Ms. Blake also established the nurses were not obligated to advocate for another EKG despite the fact the patient later developed a ST elevation myocardial infarction requiring immediate catheterization. The plaintiff asked the jury for almost $9 million.