$2,314,721.78: Award For Delay In Ordering Caesarian Section

CASE DESCRIPTION: While “Doe” Mother was in labor with “Doe” Baby at “Roe” Hospital, the nursing staff and “Roe” Doctor were negligent in reading and interpreting the fetal monitor strip for several hours in the early morning hours of August 10, 2003, resulting in significant injuries to “Doe” Baby.

RESULT: Settled for $2,314,721.78

TYPE OF CASE: Medical Malpractice

INJURIES: Seizure disorder, speech and behavioral delays, and further signs pointing toward prolonged partial hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy as the cause.

DATE: August 9-10, 2003

While “Doe” Mother was in labor, “Doe” Baby showed clear signs of fetal distress.  “Roe” Hospital and its employees failed to properly monitor and report the status of “Doe” Mother’s labor, resulting in a delay in the order of a Caesarean section delivery of “Doe” Baby.

DEFENDANT’S CONTENTIONS AS TO LIABILITY: Defendants contended no negligence and no causation.  In particular, defendants contended “Doe” Baby had a genetic cause for her condition.


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