The difference between a civil trial and a criminal trial is easy. In a civil trial, the jury must reach a majority opinion based on a “more likely than not” standard, as opposed to the criminal law requirement of a unanimous decision which is beyond a reasonable doubt. Thankfully for young Hannah Tilton, a ten year old girl who is severely disabled, the civil jury system worked out. In a six to three decision, a jury found that midwife, Irene Meyers, had breached the standard of care when she oversaw Hannah’s birth which led to dramatic injuries. Medical malpractice attorneys say that following a nine day trial, spanning three weeks, the jury got this case right after about six hours of deliberation.
Money Damages Help but They Certainly Aren’t Enough
Young Hannah Tilton was awarded $2.3 million for medical and health care expenses that she will incur in the future, $345,000 for medical expenses that she and her family have already paid, and $500,000 for the girl’s permanent impairment and loss of enjoyment. The young girl was born with severe mental retardation which has left her confined to a wheelchair. Furthermore, she must use a feeding tube for sustenance and maybe worst of all, she is blind and can’t speak or verbally communicate. Hannah was diagnosed with Kabuki Syndrome but her medical malpractice attorneys urged that she must have suffered a serious injury during birth due to a lack of oxygen. In a tight vote, the jury decided that Meyers failed to follow the standard of care when she was charged with overseeing the delivery and her negligence caused these significant injuries. Medical malpractice attorneys believe that this is a major victory for a plaintiff who has suffered an inordinate amount in her young life.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you or a family member has recently been the victim of medical negligence, it is possible that you would like to speak with medical malpractice attorneys. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.