Defense Verdict in Oxygen Deprivation Case

A St. Louis jury returned a defense verdict in a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital and a nurse involving oxygen deprivation during surgery that allegedly caused a 9-year-old child’s brain damage.

This may be a case where problems in the damages claim may have bled over into liability. The child had developmental problems before the time of the alleged malpractice and it sounded like the battlefield in the case was over damages as opposed to liability. Defense lawyers maintained that oxygen deprivation does not necessarily cause brain injuries and did not in this case. But the jury came back with a straight defense verdict.

Strange thing about this case: many of the treating doctors were in Israel which must have been a logistical nightmare.

The demand in the case was $3,000,000.

This is the Missouri Lawyer’s article on the case.