MARK COOPER, INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF THE HEIRS AT LAW OF LESLIE PHILLIPSEN v. THOMAS N. TABB, M.D., INDIVIDUALLY, THOMAS N. TABB, P.C., AND PERINATAL ASSOCIATES, P.C. (Tenn. Ct. App. December 22, 2010)
This medical malpractice case involves the reconsideration of an order granting a new trial. The patient, in her second trimester of pregnancy, presented at the hospital with abdominal pain and bleeding. Her treating physician consulted with a maternal-fetal specialist physician. The patient suffered a placental abruption, and the fetus died in utero. Later that day, the patient developed a blood-clotting disorder. She died that evening.
The patient's husband filed this lawsuit against the treating physician, the hospital and its employees, and the maternal-fetal specialist physician. A settlement was reached with all of the defendants except for the maternal-fetal specialist, and a jury trial was held as to only the specialist. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant specialist. The trial court granted the plaintiff husband's motion for a new trial. Three years later, the defendant specialist filed a motion asking the trial court to reconsider its order granting a new trial. Upon reconsideration, the trial court granted the motion and reinstated the jury verdict. The plaintiff husband now appeals.
We reverse, concluding that the trial court had jurisdiction to reconsider its initial order, and that the trial judge's remarks, taken as a whole, indicate he was not satisfied with the jury verdict. Accordingly, we remand for a new trial.
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