Lincoln Derr is pleased to announce that Sara Lincoln, Heather Fuller, and paralegal Erin Alfaro recently secured a defense verdict for a physician, his practice, and a med tech in a 2 ½ week jury trial litigated in Catawba County, North Carolina.
The case was a wrongful death action following the suicide of a detainee in a county jail. The allegations included failure to administer prescribed medication, adequate mental status screening and referral to mental health, and a breach of contract under a third-party beneficiary theory. The trial was bifurcated on negligence and punitive damages. The defense argued that their duty in providing healthcare was met. It took the jury less than two hours to find that our clients were not negligent and did not breach the contract and the issue of punitive damages was never reached.