By Hannah Garcia, LAW WEEK COLORADO
In the arena of medical malpractice defense, Joe Farchione has had a busy spring.
Farchione, a partner at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell’s Denver office, led teams that pulled down two complete defense verdicts within three weeks: one in Youngstown, Ohio, in late March and the other in Springfield, Illinois, in mid-April.
The Ohio case, DeMoss v. Winchester, involved $18 million in claims involving a mother’s allegations that her obstetrician was negligent while providing medical advice about a possible genetic issue during her pregnancy after her infant was born with a severe cognitive disability. The brain injuries, which are caused by a mismatch of Kell antigens in the mother and her unborn infant, could have been prevented with testing and treatment, Farchione said.
“The mom unfortunately did not get that test (to see if she was Kell positive), and the treatment didn’t happen,” he said.