Jury Awards Woman $229.6 million due to Birth Injuries
BALTIMORE, MD — According to an online article at stardem.com, a Baltimore jury awarded $229.6 million to a woman and her daughter due to alleged medical malpractice that resulted in a brain injury a birth that now requires around the clock care.*
A woman received $229.6 million due to alleged medical malpractice that led to a brain injury of the woman’s young daughter. The jury recently deliberated for three hours before rendering a verdict against Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
It is expected that the jury award will be reduced to a little bit over $200 million due to the state cap on malpractice verdicts.
The lawsuit is centered upon the woman’s choice to forgo a Cesarean section when at 25 weeks of gestation. She was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia, which is a complication of pregnancy associated with high blood pressure. Attorneys for the woman, who was sixteen at the time she delivered her daughter, was told that a Cesarean section would cause her baby to either die or sustain injuries to her brain. The suit alleges that doctors induced her and she was in labor for 22 hours. During this time the baby’s brain was not receiving enough oxygen. The woman’s daughter, as a result, was subsequently diagnosed with cerebral palsy and requires constant medical attention. The baby also suffers from a condition known as microcephaly, which causes the child’s head to be smaller than normal. Sadly, the child also suffers from seizures and significant pain, per the lawsuit.
A hospital spokesperson indicated to the press that they plan on appealing the verdict. “We are confident in the care this patient received and have provided ample documentation clearly demonstrating that we appropriately informed her multiple times of all of the risks associated with her condition,” the spokesperson told the press. “The verdict was not supported by the evidence.”
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