Now that we’re firmly in the new year, we’ve found some stories about the biggest malpractice claims from 2019. Here is one from MDLinx.com.
In a story we reported on before, the largest medical malpractice verdict in U.S. history was awarded to a family from Maryland after a mother was given terrible advice before her labor.
The mother was 25 weeks along and got admitted due to severe preeclampsia. The baby needed to be saved, but doctors told her the baby would die or suffer brain damage if a C-section was performed.
Over the 22-hour natural labor that followed, the baby did not get enough oxygen and ended up with a brain injury that led to spastic cerebral palsy. Now the child needs 16 hours of skilled nursing care each day.
The jury awarded the family $229 million, which was reduced to $205.38 million thanks to a cap on pain and suffering damages in Maryland. However, the hospital has been denied a new trial, which should assure the family that they can get the money they need for this clear case of negligence for years to come.
For other stories of malpractice that came out in 2019, including ones that do not involve a birth injury, check out the full article from the link above.