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Friday, September 28, 2007

The team at the Hood Law Firm, LLC of Charleston, South Carolina has continued their busy trial schedule this year with two negotiated settlements during trials. On September 11, 2007, the trial team of Molly Hood Craig, Jamie Hood, and Elloree Ganes negotiated a settlement of a nursing home negligence case after selecting a jury. The trial, in front of the Honorable Larry Patterson in Greenville County, South Carolina, addressed novel issues of common law marriage and the standard of care in the use of restraints on wheelchairs of nursing home patients. After excessive demands from plaintiff’s counsel throughout the course of the contentious litigation, a reasonable demand was obtained during the proffered testimony of the Personal Representative who was the alleged common law spouse, much to the client’s delight. While the trial team would have liked to take the case to verdict, client satisfaction is always the goal of Hood Law Firm, LLC.

The same day, Bobby Hood and Bobby Hood, Jr. started the trial of a medical malpractice case for Anesthesia Associates of Rock Hill and their anesthesia assistant, Jill McCall. The case was tried before the Honorable Lee Alford in York County, South Carolina. The co-defendant anesthesiologist, Robert B. Baker, MD was represented by a firm out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The plaintiff, Carol Beckham, individually and as Guardian for Marvin Beckham, was represented by a local firm in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The plaintiff was undergoing surgery at a local hospital for sleep apnea and Jill McCall, AA was monitoring the anesthesia during the surgery. The Plaintiff experienced a sudden arrest and a code was called. The Plaintiffs alleged that the defendants oversedated and did not properly monitor the patient. The team wrestled with a set of difficult facts in an attempt to prove that the anesthesia assistant acted within the standard of care in the treatment of the Plaintiff. After five days of trial and testimony with a life care plan of $7 million, the Plaintiff’s counsel finally agreed to a reasonable figure, well below the life care plan and the case settled before closing arguments.

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