Doc Pays, Hospital Fights in Suit on Infant's Delivery

Date:24-06-1996
Publication:The National Law Journal
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Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:An Orange County, New York jury awarded $6.4 million to Edwin Palmer, who was born with a seizure disorder and has a severe learning disability. Thomas Moore represented the boy.

Dorothy Palmer, Edwin's mother, had pre-eclampsia, "a pregnancy-related condition typified by high blood pressure," said an associate of Mr. Moore's. A heart monitor indicated fetal distress, but the doctor examining Ms. Palmer left her to examine another patient, and then went home. "Over the course of the night, the baby's condition worsened," the associate said. The next day the baby was born by emergency forceps delivery. Edwin's problems stem from oxygen deprivation, indicated by fetal distress, and from the forceps delivery.