Med Mal Trial Opens Tuesday Over Severe Brain Damage GA Child Suffered During Birth

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jul 12, 2022 10:59:23 AM

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Lawrenceville, GA— Trial is opening Tuesday over whether medical negligence during a Georgia child’s birth caused her catastrophic brain damage. Threat, et al. v Gamble-Webb, et al., 19-C-00101-S1.

According to court records, January Threat was born in October 2017 with severe brain damage, which her parents, Eulanda and Jason Threat, contend was caused by oxygen deprivation and a likely amniotic fluid embolus during childbirth that they say Dr. Kendra Gamble-Webb failed to properly recognize or treat. The birth-related complications left the child with a host of permanent neurological impairments and forced Eulanda Threat to undergo an emergency hysterectomy.

The Threats are seeking more than $28 million in economic damages alone, according to the pre-trial order in the case. 

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Gamble-Webb contends the amniotic fluid embolism could not be predicted or prevented. She maintains that she followed the applicable standard of care throughout childbirth, including treating the medical emergency.

The Threats are represented by Mahaffey Pickens Tucker’s Steven A. Pickens, Matthew P. Benson, and Jessica R. Pickens, as well as by The Summerville Law Firm’s Darren Summerville and Meredith C. Kincaid, according to court records. 

Gamble-Webb is represented by Hall Booth Smith’s John Hall, Duane C. Cochenour, and Terrell W. Benton, according to court documents.  

Trial in Gwinnett County State Court, with judge Emily Brantley presiding, is expected to take 8-10 days. 

CVN is streaming the trial gavel-to-gavel and will provide updates via its news page. 

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Topics: Medical Malpractice, Georgia, Threat v. Gamble-Webb, et al.