Hospital, Doctor Must Pay For Obstetric Malpractice

Date:04-11-1996
Publication:The National Law Journal
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Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A Queens jury has awarded a mother and her disabled son $23.5 million for the severe injuries suffered by the boy during his birth. Thomas Moore represented the mother, Sherry Royal, and her son, Tristan, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

When Ms. Royal went to the hospital, she had a urinary tract infection that was causing premature labor. But, Mr. Moore said in the National Law Review article, the urinary tract infection went undiagnosed. Furthermore, Ms. Royal was not seen by a doctor for eight hours. She was scheduled for an emergency Cesarean section, which did not take place for another two hours. By then, the baby's head had moved down into the birth canal. Mr. Moore explained in the article that "a resident delivering the child then pushed on the baby's head from below and pulled at it from above, causing trauma to the head and bleeding in the brain."