Alabama Court Nixes $5 Million Obstretics Malpractice Award

June 15, 2009

The Alabama Supreme Court has overturned a multimillion-dollar verdict that a jury in Mobile awarded to a woman whose child died shortly after birth four years ago.

The justices sided with Mobile OB-GYN in a malpractice lawsuit filed by Wendy Godwin Baggett over the death of her newborn son in 2005. The court said the evidence didn’t support the amount awarded and ordered another trial.

Jurors originally ordered the obstetrics group to pay Baggett $8 million, but that amount was reduced to $5 million before the case reached the Supreme Court.

Baggett claimed that negligence by a doctor led to the death of her son less than two days after his birth.

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