Bronx Jury Finds Hospital is Liable in Baby Case

Date:11-03-1997
Publication:The New York Times
Author:Lizette Alvarez
Case
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A Bronx jury awarded $9.45 million to Iraida Rosa Soto, eight years old at the time of the article. She had brain damage and cerebral palsy due to her grossly mishandled delivery. "The jury determined that a resident failed to perform an emergency Cesarean section that a more senior doctor had ordered and that doctors administered inappropriate medication," stated the Times reporter. Thomas Moore represented the girl during the three-week-long trial.

The jury found that "a series of missteps" led to Iraida's injuries, which include learning disabilities and the need for a wheelchair. It took doctors 24 hours to notice that Mrs. Soto's water had broken; and instead of getting an immediate Cesarean section, Mrs. Soto was given a labor-inducing drug and the baby was delivered vaginally (despite a senior doctor's orders to perform a C-section), which only compounded the damage to Iraida. Fetal heart monitor tapes-crucial evidence-were "lost," which Mr. Moore said indicated the hospital was covering up its mistakes.
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