Pediatrician's office found liable for some of $6.4 million award

Doctor was negligent in treatment of newborn

November 11, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An Anne Arundel County jury in the malpractice case against pediatrician Stephen A. Liverman found yesterday Liverman's medical practice, Pediatric Consultants of Annapolis, liable for some of the $6.4 million in damages.

Jurors, who last week found Liverman negligent in the 1992 treatment of Crofton newborn Patrick Shea, reconvened yesterday to determine whether Pediatric Consultants of Annapolis should be held responsible for a portion of the award. The jury had found Liverman and Anne Arundel Medical Center liable for damages last week.

At issue was which of the two institutions had "control" over Liverman at the time of the delivery. The jury found that the infant, who was born prematurely, suffered severe brain damage as a result of insufficient oxygen at the time of birth.

The attorneys for the plaintiff and the defense argued that the hospital and Pediatric Consultants of Annapolis controlled and directed Liverman's work at the time, and should therefore share the damages. It took the jury less than an hour of deliberation to return to the courtroom of Judge Philip T. Caroom with its decision.

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