Brooklyn Brothers Awarded $4,400,000 in Mother's Death

Date:11-05-1991
Publication:New York Newsday
Author:Gale Scott
Case
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice / Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
Summary:Four Brooklyn brothers were awarded $4.4 million when their mother bled to death in childbirth, stated the New York Newsday article. Thomas Moore represented the family of the woman who "died because of errors made by hospital staff and by her physicians," said the article.

Sharon Nelson, age 37, had a condition that should have warranted a Cesarean section, but doctors "misread a diagnostic test" and said she could have a vaginal delivery. When she went into labor, her regular doctor was unavailable and a doctor who knew nothing of her history started to deliver the baby. Ms. Nelson's placenta ruptured and she began to hemorrhage. When she stopped breathing, an emergency Cesarean section was prepared for, but the anesthesiologist improperly inserted a breathing tube. Before this could be fixed, Ms. Nelson went into cardiac arrest.