Practice Area: Medical Malpractice
Outcome: Jury Verdict for client
Description: After a six-day trial in state court in Biloxi, Heidelberg Steinberger won a jury verdict for their client, a gastroenterologist being sued for serious injuries and a claim of permanent disability, allegedly resulting from an endoscopic procedure and follow up medical care. After presentation of plaintiffs’ and defendant's fact and expert witnesses, the jury deliberated only 16 minutes before returning its verdict for the physician. The key issues addressed were (1) the standard of care, specifically the physician's judgment in deciding to perform an ERCP procedure, and (2) whether the ERCP caused or contributed to the plaintiff's subsequent medical complications. The plaintiff asserted the reasons for his purported medical problems and permanent disability lay with the decision to perform an ERCP. At trial the plaintiff and his family members asserted the plaintiff had no medical problems prior to the ERCP, but thereafter became permanently disabled. However, other fact and expert witnesses called to testify proved their claims to be groundless. Heidelberg Steinberger aggressively defended this multimillion dollar claim from inception to its successful conclusion. Although a Motion for a New Trial has been filed, we believe the verdict will not be overturned. Jimmy Heidelberg served as Lead Counsel throughout the litigation, and was assisted at trial by partner, Stephen Burrow.