Family Awarded $20.5 Million in Medical Malpractice Suit ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Family Awarded $20.5 Million in Medical Malpractice Suit

A jury has awarded Laura and Daniel White $20.5 million in a medical malpractice suit for their son’s lasting medical problems caused by mistakes made at his birth. On June 30, 2001, White called her doctor at OB/GYN Consultants Ltd., based in Scranton, because she believed something was wrong with her unborn child. Behlke, who was not her primary obstetrician, told her to go to Community Medical Center. There, she was hooked up to a fetal monitoring system that indicated the baby was in distress. CMC nurses called Behlke, who Kornblau said did not arrive for two hours. In that time, “the baby was getting very little oxygen,” Kornblau said. Behlke’s decision to induce labor made the situation worse, Kornblau said. By the time Cody was delivered by Cesarean-section about four hours after White arrived at CMC, irreparable damage had been done, he said. In addition to cerebral palsy, Cody has no use of his hands, is almost completely blind and is mentally retarded, Kornblau said. Daniel White said his son, now 7, functions at the level of a 6- to 9-month-old.

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