Waranch & Brown’s Managing Partner, Christina N. Billiet, and Associate, Taylor Deer, recently had the privilege of representing a local hospital and physical therapist at trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. We are pleased to share some of the challenges they faced, along with strategies that led to a hard-fought victory.
This medical negligence case arose out of a physical therapy evaluation immediately following the plaintiff’s total knee replacement. The plaintiff claimed our physical therapist client ambulated her improperly, leading to a ruptured quadriceps tendon.
The case was challenging for many reasons, including the timing of the injury, which indisputably occurred during the evaluation, and the sympathy factor, driven by the fact that the plaintiff was rendered wheelchair-bound for life.
We took a bold approach and addressed those issues head-on. We accepted sympathy for the plaintiff but implored the jury to set that aside while they were focusing on the issues of standard of care and causation. To the great relief of our physical therapist client, the jury was able to do so. After about an hour of deliberations, the jury returned a defense verdict on standard of care.
As it often is, the litigation process was draining on our client, who viewed herself personally and professionally through the lens of the claims against her. We focused on supporting her mentally throughout the process and ensured she was prepared to present her best self to the jury — substantively and emotionally.
This case reaffirmed our core values of providing genuine care and tireless advocacy for our clients. At Waranch & Brown, we believe our clients require and deserve true support from their team of lawyers. If you are interested in learning more, or are facing the stress of a lawsuit, please check out our free webinar: Navigating the Stress of Medical Malpractice Litigation.
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