The Stone Law Group started this year with a precedent-setting verdict. In February, the firm secured a $45.8 million medical malpractice verdict for a woman who just days after giving birth, suffered a hypertension-related heart attack that left her permanently brain damaged.
Senior member and partner William Stone spoke with Leaders In The Law in the 2017 edition of Atlanta’s Leading Lawyers about the firm’s recent courtroom success.
“The facts of this case resonated with the jury because [the client’s] cardiac arrest could easily have been prevented,” noted Stone, who served as lead counsel in the case. “Pregnancy-induced hypertension is a common complication seen in pregnancy, and any doctor working in obstetrics should know how to manage it.”
The jury’s award consisted of $9.8 million in economic damages and $18 million in compensatory damages for the client, as well as $18 million for her husband due to their loss of marital relationship—an amount that set a record as the largest loss of consortium award in Georgia’s history.