The South Carolina Supreme Court recently affirmed a trial court jury verdict favoring a mother whose son died prior to birth at 32 weeks gestation. She alleged medical malpractice by her gynecologist, whom she said failed to take action in the weeks prior to that, when the child's growth, fetal heartbeat and movements were abnormal and slow for a fetus of his size and age.
In the case of Jamison v. Hilton, the state supreme court refused a request by defendants to reverse a trial court order denying summary judgment and denying a request to issue a judgment notwithstanding verdict.
According to court records, plaintiff was already considered to have a high-risk pregnancy at the outset, as she suffered from chronic hypertension.
Defendant practice assumed prenatal care of plaintiff about halfway through her pregnancy, sometime in July 2008.