The latest episode of the Great Trials Podcast was released yesterday, and it features none other than our own Attorney Gary Fox. The Great Trials Podcast is hosted by two trial attorneys, Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfry, who discuss major verdicts and trials with the attorneys who tried them. They invited Gary onto the show to discuss a medical malpractice trial he’d won in Leon County. This trial ended in what many people believe is the largest medical malpractice wrongful death verdict in Leon County history.
The case he discussed, Slayton v. Professional Park Pediatrics, P.A., Pediatrics of Timberlane, P.A., and Penrod, M.D., involved a baby (Levi Slayton) who was born prematurely. Tragically, the infant died when the medical professionals treating him didn’t monitor his bilirubin levels, which is a serious indicator of infection. The doctors discharged him too quickly, causing him to suffer catastrophic brain damage.
Gary represented the Slayton family for the pain and suffering they endured as a result of their child’s death. The total verdict was $3.37 million.
Gary recounted how the pediatrician who examined Levi failed to respond to rising bilirubin levels—a sign that any other doctor would not have failed to see. Because Levi’s mother had an infection at the time, the doctor had even more reason to believe that Levi was suffering from an infection. Gary went on to say that Levi’s death could have been prevented if the doctor had asked the local hospital to admit Levi and monitor him. “All he had to do was pick up the phone,” Gary said. “That’s all it would have taken: 30 seconds, 60 seconds on his part.”
Listen to this compelling story in its entirety on the podcast: