Advantageous Settlement for the Defense in Brain-Damaged Baby Case in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Best Evidence conducted two iterative Focus Groups with six distinct deliberation panels to quantify, and attempt to mitigate, exposure to the defendant hospital. The results obtained from the research were used to identify and improve arguments and develop demonstratives as well as providing profiles of favorable and unfavorable jurors. Best Evidence provided full electronic courtroom support and in-court jury selection assistance. During trial, the plaintiffs claimed there were signs of fetal distress that necessitated a timelier C-section, failure to initiate the chain of command and other breaches of the standard of care. The physician and midwife both admitted to errors, but blamed each other. The defendant hospital was legally responsible for both parties and admitted liability. The case was settled during trial for less than the pre-trial demand.