Hospital, Doctor Pay for Overlooking Infection

Publication:The National Law Journal
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A Brooklyn jury has awarded Shivonne McDonald $35.6 million for injuries she suffered at birth. Thomas Moore represented Shivonne.

Valerie McDonald, Shivonne's mother, went to the hospital in labor and running a fever. This should have been taken as a sign that there was an infection in the womb, Mr. Moore said in the National Law Journal article, requiring an immediate Cesarean section. But Mrs. McDonald's obstetrician gave her labor-inducing medication and Shivonne was delivered vaginally. Shivonne suffered severe oxygen deprivation and now has cerebral palsy.