Shay SamplesMontgomery Co Circuit Judge, Honorable Gene Reese, has denied the Motion for New Trial filed by Baptist Health System. Hare Wynn attorney, Shay Samples, recovered a $3.2 Million Dollar verdict against Baptist in a wrongful death suit brought on behalf of Kay Davis, Executrix of the Estate of her deceased mother, Lauree Ellison, age 78. A Montgomery Co. jury returned the $3.2 Million Dollar verdict against Baptist based on evidence which demonstrated that Baptist failed to follow-up on a positive MRSA culture from Mrs. Ellison’s throat. Samples contended that this negligence caused Mrs. Ellison to develop MRSA Pneumonia, which resulted in her death. Baptist contended that the verdict was not supported by substantial evidence, and was the product of bias, passion, or prejudice. It also contended that the $100,000.00 cap on damages established by the Healthcare Authorities Act of Alabama applied to it. Judge Reese correctly denied the motion on all grounds raised.