After an emotionally charged trial in the 87th District Court of Anderson County, Ken Patterson, won a defense verdict for a pediatrician in a medical malpractice case. The case involved an 11-month old child who died as a result of a rare liver condition.
In the lawsuit filed by the child’s parents, the plaintiffs alleged that the pediatrician, who cared for their daughter during the first 5 months of her life, failed to diagnose a liver disease. They claimed that the child would have survived had she been referred to a specialist earlier. At trial, Ken Patterson skillfully discredited the opinion of the adverse expert witness. Mr. Patterson brought the testimony of another pediatric specialist and world class expert from Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati to testify on behalf of the defendant. Mr. Patterson used this expert testimony to present evidence to the jurors that the child’s condition could not have been diagnosed by the pediatrician on any of the occasions the child was seen by this doctor.
“The jury was ultimately persuaded that our client was not negligent. They did not believe the pediatrician’s conduct caused the death of the child,” said Ken Patterson, Shareholder at HHDU. “It was a complicated case and I’m glad the jury was able to process all the facts. We’re very pleased with the outcome and the result we achieved for our client.”