Firm wins Jury Verdict of over $10.9 Million in Medical Malpractice Case


A Habersham County jury returned a verdict of over $10.9 million in a medical malpractice case brought by the law firm of Finch McCranie, LLP of Atlanta.

On January 16, 2012, Glenda Daniels underwent removal of her gallbladder at the Habersham Medical Center. The surgeon responsible for her care, Dr. Chadwick V. Thomas, lacerated a major artery while he was entering with a laparoscope to perform the gallbladder removal. As she began to bleed profusely from the lacerated artery, she was in need of an emergency blood transfusion. Despite losing most of her blood, she was not given a blood transfusion at the Habersham Medical Center before being transferred to the N.E. Georgia Medical Center, with devastating results that left her permanently impaired and profoundly disabled. She presented past medical expenses of over $3 million.

On July 21, 2015, a jury in the Superior Court of Habersham County returned a verdict in favor of Ms. Daniels in the amount of $10,964,000.00. In its verdict, the jury found that she had received substandard medical care from employees of the Habersham Medical Center, from the surgeon Dr. Chadwick Thomas, and from two Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, who were the two named defendants in the litigation for failing to give her necessary blood transfusions. The two CRNAs were employed by Habersham Anesthesiology Associates, Inc., against whom the jury apportioned 15% of its verdict.

The verdict of $10,964,000.00 is believed to be the largest medical malpractice verdict in Habersham County history; it is also believed to be the largest personal injury jury verdict ever returned in Habersham County.

Ms. Daniels was represented by the Atlanta firm of Finch McCranie, LLP with attorneys Richard W. Hendrix and Steven R. Wisebram representing her a trial. The trial lasted seven (7) days. The CRNA defendants were represented by the Atlanta law firm of Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP. The presiding judge was the Honorable Chan Caudell.

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About Richard Hendrix

Richard W. Hendrix is a former state and federal prosecutor who has more than 30 years of experience in complex civil and criminal litigation. He has also served as a mediator in Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR).

Since joining Finch McCranie in 1985, Mr. Hendrix has built an extensive litigation practice focusing on wrongful death and serious personal injury cases as well as federal white collar criminal defense cases. He has successfully represented injured parties in personal injury cases throughout the state of Georgia. Mr. Hendrix has also effectively defended business and individuals, including a former US Congressman, against indictments and grand jury investigations. In 2006 and 2008-2012, he was selected to Georgia Super Lawyers.

He is admitted to practice in Georgia and South Carolina. Mr. Hendrix is licensed to appear before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the District of South Carolina as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit.

From 1979-1985, Mr. Hendrix served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. He was also Associate Independent Counsel for the investigation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1991-1992.

Mr. Hendrix graduated with cum laude honors from Davidson College and he received his law degree from Emory University. Since 1992, Mr. Hendrix has been an Adjunct Professor of Litigation at Georgia State University College of Law. He is also a Master of the Bench with the Lamar American Inn of Court where he works to enhance the professional, ethics and skills of the legal community.

Mr. Hendrix has also authored numerous articles including: “High Speed Police Chases and Injured Innocent By-Standers,” The Verdict (Summer, 2015) “Tolling the Statute of Limitations in Tort Cases for Victims of a Crime,” The Verdict (Fall, 2007); “A Refresher On the Federal Tort Claims Act,” The Verdict (Winter, 1999); “Rule 16 and the Jencks Act: A Need for Legal Reform,” Calendar Call (Winter, 1996); “Corporate Criminal Liability: The Need for Effective Compliance Programs,” South Carolina Lawyer (March/April, 1993); “Crossing State Lines in Wrongful Death Actions: Traps for the Unwary,” The Verdict (Fall, 1990); and “White Collar Crime: New Tools for Prosecution,” The Atlanta Lawyer (Summer, 1986)