Ron Josepher and Ted Gale won a defense verdict for a general pediatrician in a wrongful death medical malpractice case in Hillsborough County. The decedent was a 23-month-old boy. It was alleged that the defendant had failed to appreciate signs of pneumonia during an office encounter with the child. The boy died of a fulminant group A strep pneumonia approximately 40 hours after the appointment. During the trial, the defense team was able to establish through the testimony of expert pediatricians, that the doctor’s assessment of the patient was appropriate and accurate, and through the testimony of a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases and the pathology results, that the pneumonia developed rapidly at least 30 hours after the appointment.
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