Lincoln Hospital Severely Injured Baby in Delivery, a Jury Finds1995

Date:25-05-1995
Publication:The New York Times
Author:Adam Nossiter
Case
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A Bronx jury awarded a 17-year-old young woman $42 million after "inexperienced doctors botched the delivery. causing deafness and lifelong brain damage," according to the Times article. Thomas Moore represented the young woman, Jasmine Matos.

The article detailed the many errors that led to Jasmine's injuries, "including ignoring a test that showed that the fetus was deprived of oxygen before birth." Doctors also failed to "induce labor as they should have for a pregnancy that had gone well beyond the due date." The "inexperienced residents" chose to deliver Jasmine by "violent forceps delivery, which caused bleeding in the infant's brain," said Mr. Moore. Of the hospital's attempt to alter records, Mr. Moore said, "There was a very intentional and orchestrated effort to cover it up, and that's intolerable."

Jasmine's mother, Sylvia Rodriguez, a home health aide for a hospice, said that her daughter acts like a 10-year-old, has an I.Q. of 66, and has a severe speech impairment. "Justice was done," Ms. Rodriguez said of the award. "My daughter is going to be having what she deserves."
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