Waranch & Brown Partners Christina N. Billiet and Neal M. Brown recently secured a defense verdict in favor of a hospital and a neurointerventional surgeon, marking the culmination of a strategic and meticulous legal battle.
In the accompanying video, Tina and Neal discuss the following:
- This medical negligence case centered around a ruptured brain aneurysm and how the surgeon reacted to it. This was the second time the case had been tried; the first resulted in a hung jury in 2022. The first trial served as a valuable dry run, allowing us to identify areas for strategic improvement and ensure that we entered the second trial with a “leg up” on plaintiffs.
- In advance of the second trial, we took a different approach to preparing our surgeon client for cross-examination. We brought in one of our partners, John Sly, to simulate an aggressive cross, which helped our client improve his tone and answers to difficult questions that may be thrown at him. He made an exemplary witness at trial the second time around, and this played a pivotal role in securing our victory.
- Another key factor contributing to our success was our commitment to simplifying the complex medicine for the jury. Recognizing the intricacy of brain surgery, we worked tirelessly to distill the information, enabling the jury to grasp the critical aspects of the case without being overwhelmed. This approach played a crucial role in presenting a compelling narrative that resonated with the jury, ultimately working in our favor.
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