A jury verdict obtained by Shay Samples in the amount of $625,000 was affirmed without opinion by the Alabama Supreme Court on November 21, 2008.  This case was pending for 3 1/2 years, and was a medical malpractice case against Webb Sledge, MD, for the alledged wrongful death of Hixie Mae Ellis.  Plantiff’s alledged negligent failure to diagnose and treat a urinary tract infection.  Plantiff’s had previously settled and released Gadsden Regional Medical Center for $325,000.