Medical crisis derails malpractice trial

/ Source: The Associated Press

A mistrial has been declared in a medical malpractice trial after the doctor being sued rushed to the aid of a juror who collapsed.

It happened in Salem, Massachusetts, while the attorney for the doctor (Thomas Raskauskas) was delivering opening statements. A male juror rose unsteadily, took a few steps out of the jury box and fell over.

The doctor began treating the juror, checking his blood pressure and raising his feet. The man remained conscious until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.

The judge declared a mistrial and told lawyers to agree on a date for a new trial.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a girl who suffered severe brain damage during childbirth at North Shore Medical Center.