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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

HOOD LAW FIRM OBTAINS THREE DEFENSE VERDICTS IN FIVE WEEKS
The New Year has seen great success from the team at the Hood Law Firm, LLC of Charleston, South Carolina, obtaining three defense verdicts in five weeks.

On January 11, 2007, Robert H. Hood and James B. Hood obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case where a patient developed post-operative infection leading to sepsis and ultimately her death after a protracted hospital course. The Plaintiff initially demanded $2,400,000 on the basis that the surgeon failed to open the surgical wound until the fifteenth post-operative day which inhibited the treatment of the infection and resulted in the development of sepsis. The Defendant proved that a team of physicians were caring for and treating the Plaintiff and that the orthopedic surgeon acted reasonably by not opening the surgical wound until there was some objective medical evidence to justify doing so. After two hours of deliberating, the jury sent out a question asking how much longer they had to deliberate before being released for the day. The Judge presented several options to the jury and sent the jury back to decide how they wanted to proceed. While deliberating on how long they would deliberate, the jury returned a defense verdict.

After a one week break, Robert H. Hood and James B. Hood joined Chilton G. Simmons and Diedra W. Hightower, all of the Hood Law Firm, LLC in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The trial team represented a general contractor who was awarded a paving contract which included the placement of underground drainage pipes. One evening during the Beaufort Water Festival, a resident in the neighborhood took his ATV for a spin and was ejected from the vehicle landing head first near or in the concrete culvert pipes that were along the roadway. The traumatic brain injury left the Plaintiff with left-sided paralysis and blindness. The Plaintiff alleged that the general contractor created a hazardous condition and violated certain codes and regulations pertaining to traffic control and road construction and sought to recover $2,000,000. During the two week trial, the Defendant proved that the pipes were obvious, out of the travel portion of the roadway and that the Plaintiff himself was responsible for the accident. At the end of the trial, the jury returned a defense verdict.

On February 9, 2007, the trial team of Molly Craig and Jennifer Nutter, along with their physician client, obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case. The case was tried before the Honorable Judge Perry Buckner in Charleston County, South Carolina. The plaintiff, the Estate of the patient, was seeking damages for alleged gross negligence on the part of a cardiothoracic surgeon during a coronary artery bypass graft operation. The hospital settled with the plaintiff prior to trial. The defense verdict ended seven years of litigation. The team proved the physician acted within the standard of care and that he did not act with gross negligence in his care of the decedent. After twenty-five minutes of deliberating, the jury returned a defense verdict.
 

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