Orlando Abortion Doctor Denied New Medical Malpractice Trial

James Scott Pendergraft IV was denied a new trial following a ruling by Judge John Marshall Kest, and he may have to begin paying the $36.7 million in damages that were awarded by the jury.An Orange Circuit Court has denied a suspended abortion doctor a second trial following a medical malpractice case that was decided by a jury last month, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

James Scott Pendergraft IV was denied a new trial following a ruling by Judge John Marshall Kest, and he may have to begin paying the $36.7 million in damages that were awarded by the jury, according to the news source.

The case dated back to November 2001, as an unidentified woman went to the clinic where Pendergraft worked in order to have an abortion. She was allegedly given drugs that were supposed to induce labor, but she claims that no attention was paid to her until she protested against the clinic after 11 hours, reported the Sentinel.

After allegedly receiving verbal abuse from the doctors in the clinic following her complaint, the woman left the clinic and gave birth to a catastrophically disabled girl, who suffers from cerebral palsy among several other ailments. The doctor had argued that if she had stayed in the clinic then the procedure would have been completed and everything could have been avoided, the news source reported.

Another medical malpractice case will take place in Orlando, as a golf vacation took a turn for the worse following an alleged mishap at an area hospital, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Harold Hicks had taken his annual golf vacation to sunny Orlando, Florida, when he suddenly developed stomach pains that led the retiree to attend a local hospital. After receiving the initial treatment, the doctor determined that he had a blocked intestine that would require surgery, according to the lawsuit.

Once this was determined, a breathing tube was inserted into Hick's throat prior to the operation. Complications arose when the surgeon ordered that his stomach be pumped after the tube was inserted, and the nurses allegedly neglected to do this, reported the Sun Sentinel.

After the doctor allegedly left the room, and left the treatment of Hicks up to the nurses, he allegedly experienced a closure of the lungs and vomited in a way that blocked the passage of air. The retiree died a day later following further complications that allegedly arose following the procedure, according to the news source.

The insurer of the hospital has reportedly requested to pay a settlement of $1 million in an effort to avoid a lawsuit by the wife of the deceased, reported the Sentinel.

Another million-dollar settlement may occur following an incident that occurred after an arrest in Alabama, according to the Sand Mountain Reporter.

Regina T. Carr was allegedly fatally beaten while she was held at the Marshall County Jail, in Guntersville, Alabama. The young woman was held because of a possession of a controlled substance charge, the news source reported.

The suit alleges that Carr was beaten once she entered the jail, and then she was moved to the Hunstville Hospital. Her family contends that their daughter was not given sufficient medical treatment once she suffered the injuries, according to the Reporter.

Officials from the prison have disputed the claims that were made by the Carr family, and contend that the injuries occurred prior to her entering the jail. They also deny any wrong-doing in terms of the medical care that she had received, reported the news source.

The family of Regina Carr is suing for medical malpractice, as they are disputing any innocent claims that have been made by the medical staff at the prison and the hospital where she was treated, according to the Reporter.