Defense verdict for Washington Hospital Center in medical malpractice lawsuit
A Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell trial team led by John Fitzpatrick successfully defended Washington Hospital Center in a two-week medical malpractice trial in Washington, D.C. The WTO trial team was retained in April 2011 after the first trial in the case resulted in a mistrial. The matter involved a severely brain-damaged baby. Plaintiffs requested over $20 million for a life care plan and over $20 million for pain and suffering. The WTO team argued that the mother suffered a rare complication of uterine rupture that was unpredictable and unpreventable. On September 13, 2011, after deliberating for three days, the jury returned a complete defense verdict for WTO's client.