Judge reduces award in childbirth death ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

January 21, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A Circuit Court judge yesterday reduced the $3.5 million amount awarded by a jury to an Edgewater man, who sued when his wife died in 1986 after giving birth at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Judge Eugene M. Lerner reduced the amount to $1.5 million, saying after a hearing yesterday the $3.5 awarded in December was "grossly excessive and shocking to the conscience and the sense of fairness of this court."

The ruling follows a Dec. 8 jury verdict awarding $500,000 to Richard S. Moy II individually, $500,000 to him as a representative of the estate of his late wife, Susan Moy, and $2.5 million to his son, Richard S. Moy III.

Judge Lerner reduced the award to the child to $500,000.

Mr. Moy's suit alleged that the Annapolis physicians who treated his wife misdiagnosed her ailment, which led to her death.

"The verdict was really based on the sympathy, pity and emotional feelings and influenced by passion," the judge said. He gave attorneys for Mr. Moy until noon Jan. 29 to decide whether to accept the reduced amount or seek a new trial.

The 33-year-old estimator for a Prince George's sheet metal firm remarried five years ago and has a daughter with his second wife.

Attorneys for Mr. Moy haven't decided whether to seek a new trial, said Terrell Roberts, one of Mr. Moy's attorneys. He said he was shocked by the amount of the reduction.

"We looked at jury verdicts all over the country and this was not outrageous or shocking at all," he said.

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