Attorney Jim Reed represented the family of a baby girl who was deprived of oxygen at birth and suffered permanent brain damage (cerebral palsy) because her doctors failed to deliver her in a timely manner despite clear signs on the electronic fetal monitor that the baby was in distress.
In preparing the case for trial, Attorney Reed was one of the first lawyers in New York to employ a powerful new tool – the videotaped deposition of the medical witnesses. Initially, the lawyers for the doctors resisted videotaping but Reed didn’t take no for an answer and was able to get a court order that forced the videotaping of the doctors. Reed strongly believes that the videotapes showing the damaging testimony of the doctors played a strong role in the insurance company’s ultimate decision to settle the case just before trial.
After trying to settle the case for less than the available insurance coverage, and after Reed rejected a $1.85 million offer, the doctor and hospital were forced to pay all of their $2 million coverage to settle the case prior to the scheduled trial.