A Lehigh County, Pa., jury has returned a $1.5 million damages finding following the first phase of what appears to be the first reverse-bifurcated medical malpractice trial to be held in a Pennsylvania state court.

The damages phase in Gulick v. St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network Inc., which stems from the October 2002 death of a 3-day-old boy, also highlighted challenges presented by the new damages calculations provisions of the MCARE Act, according to the plaintiffs attorney in the case.

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