Morris v. Health Services Foundation

Location: Virginia Supreme Court
Injuries: Catastrophic Injuries
Settlement: Subject to a Confidentiality Agreement

The plaintiff was asphyxiated at birth resulting in cerebral palsy and brain damage and will never be able to live independently. The parents of the child claimed that the doctors failed to respond to their son’s deteriorating condition in the hours before the birth. The foundation employing the doctors argued that the doctors were immune from suit because of the charity care they provide to indigent patients. The Supreme Court denied charitable immunity to the doctors and found that the doctors operated a business not a charity. For more on this case, view the Richmond Times-Dispatch article by Bill McKelway.