Two Lincoln parents have been awarded a total of $1.1 million following a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center (RMC).
As reported by annistonstar.com, the couple reached an out of court settlement with RMC for $750,000 before the trial could begin while the jury found Dr. Tatiana Bidkov, the local pediatrician, guilty in the wrongful death lawsuit and passed a verdict in which Bidikov has been ordered to pay $37,500 as compensation.
According to the attorney for the plaintiff, the jury reached a verdict within 24 hours of deliberation, following 10 days of testimony. Leading wrongful death lawyers in Birmingham, AL, and there is no one better at this game than Morris Bart LLC who knows this arena very well and knows which legal windows to open and when to open them, explain that the plaintiffs, Cassie and Len Watson, filed a lawsuit after their daughter died from multiple organ failure on February 9th, 2010.
Ella Kathryn Watson complained of nausea, abdominal pain, and other symptoms on January 17th, 2010 following which she was rushed to the emergency room at RMC. According to the suit, she was taken to Dr. Gary Ray, who the plaintiffs claim told them that Ella did not need to go to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
Dr. Ray handed over Ella’s care to the on-call doctor, Bidikov, who the Watsons claim only treated their daughter over the phone and failed to check lab results that were critical to the girl’s care. Unfortunately, the victim had to be rushed to Birmingham on Jan. 21st, 2010 but lost her life due to multiple organ failure just over two weeks later.
The Alabama wrongful death attorney for the plaintiffs reiterated that his client only pursued the case in order to seek justice for their daughter and would never want another parent to go through the pain they had to undergo.
The Birmingham, AL wrongful death lawyer representing the defendant, Bidikov, had filed a motion to have the expert testimony of Dr. Scott Strahlman excluded, prior to the trial. Strahlman had earlier only pointed out that Bidikov managed Ella’s care over the phone. However, he later added to his original testament that the defendant should have referred to the results of lab tests order by Dr. Gary Ray. The motion to exclude that information was denied by Circuit Judge Bud Turner.
In his testimony, Strahlman also claimed that Dr. Ray failed to meet the duty of care towards 3 year old Ella Watson. He alleged that the doctor did not conduct a physical examination following her admission at RMC.
He also claimed that the Dr. Ray failed in his duty when ordered the nursing staff not to call him after the results were in from the lab. Incidentally, the jury did not find Dr. Ray, who was also a part of the lawsuit, guilty of causing the child’s death. The final settlement was reached after discussions between the legal representatives from both sides.
If you happen to have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence you may be eligible to file a lawsuit in order to recover compensation. To find out how you can go about it make sure to consult a superlative Alabama wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible which should be Morris Bart LLC. Morris Bart LLC has won thousands and thousands of dollars for past clients, you too can be on this shining list. Call them today!