$10 million verdict in Habersham malpractice lawsuit

A seven-day civil trial resulted in a multi-million dollar jury verdict in a medical malpractice case in Habersham County.

Glenda Daniels brought suit after a 2012 procedure to remove her gallbladder at Habersham County Medical Center went wrong. According to her attorney Richard Hendrix, “As she began to bleed profusely from the lacerated artery, she was in need of an emergency blood transfusion. Despite losing most of her blood, she was not given a blood transfusion at the Habersham Medical Center before being transferred to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, with devastating results that left her permanently impaired and profoundly disabled.”

Daniels named her surgeon, Dr. Chadwick Thomas, and two Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists employed by Habersham Anesthesiology Associates, Inc. in the lawsuit. “The jury found that she had received substandard medical care from employees of the Habersham Medical Center,” Hendrix says.

HMC CEO Jerry Wise says the hospital and Dr. Thomas settled the claims against them before the case went to trial.

After a week of testimony at Habersham County Courthouse, the jury returned a verdict of $10,964,000 in favor of Daniels.

Daniels Attorneys, Hendrix and Steven Wisebram of Atlanta-based firm Finch McCranie, claim this is a record-setting case for the county. “The verdict of $10,964,000.00 is believed to be the largest medical malpractice verdict in Habersham County history; it is also believed to be the largest personal injury jury verdict ever returned in Habersham County.”

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