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White and Bates Prevail in Obstetrical Medical Malpractice Trial

January 27, 2012

Bennett White and Billy Bates successfully defended an obstetrician against charges of medical malpractice in cases involving the deaths of an obstetrical patient and her 34 week old fetus for wrongful death in Jefferson County. Tragically, the mother developed acute fatty liver of pregnancy, a rare and often fatal disease. The trial court granted judgment as a matter of law in favor of the obstetrician at the conclusion of the evidence presented against the physician in both cases. The defense successfully argued that the maternal fetal expert called to testify against the obstetrician was not sufficiently qualified and his opinion was without the necessary foundation to be admitted into evidence. The court agreed and ruled in favor of the physician on January 25, 2012.

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