$21,000,000 to Girl Who Never Got to See Mother

Date:15-07-1995
Publication:Daily News
Author:Joanne Wasserman
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Attorney(s):Judith A. Livingston
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice / Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
Summary:After a three-week-long trial, a Brooklyn jury awarded $21 million to a six-year-old girl, Tasia Roberts, whose mother, Dorothy Roberts, "drowned in her own blood nine hours after she delivered the girl," stated the Daily News article. Judith Livingston represented the girl. "Like any child who doesn't have a parent, she asks her father all the time about her mother," Ms. Livingston said. "She wants to know if her mother ever saw or held her. One day, her father is going to have to tell her the answer to those questions is no."

Twenty-two-year-old Dorothy Roberts was "perfectly healthy" when in labor, said Ms. Livingston. "But after the baby was born, she started bleeding from a lung. The doctors never diagnosed where the bleeding was or did anything to stop the bleeding." Mrs. Roberts, in the intensive care unit, asked her husband about the baby. "She couldn't speak because she had a tube down her throat, but she kept spelling out letters, asking how the baby was," Ms. Livingston said. Her husband said she had a beautiful baby girl. "She started crying, but never got to see her," Ms. Livingston said.
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