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$31 Million Awarded in Ohio Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Published July 16, 2009 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The Dayton Daily News reports a $31 million medical malpractice verdict against Miami Valley Hospital, making it possibly the largest medical malpractice verdict in Ohio history. However, because of a confidential settlement agreement between the parties, the hospital probably won’t pay that amount.

Parents sued the hospital after their son, born in December of 2000, suffered permanent, irreversibly brain damage during his birth. The complaint claimed the hospital failed to monitor the labor properly even though the staff knew the mother was a high risk patient. The suit also claimed the staff failed to diagnose her hyper-stimulated uterus, gave her the drug Pitocin when it wasn’t needed, and did not tell the doctor of her inappropriate contraction patterns. During delivery, her uterus ruptured and her body stopped providing the baby oxygen – leaving him without oxygen for 18-20 minutes.

The boy has severe cerebral palsy, has to use a feeding tube, and needs 24-7 care.

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has vast experience in medical malpractice lawsuits. Experience counts. If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered due to medical malpractice, call our 24-hour answering service at (800) 825-5529 or contact us via our online contact form. Our offices are located in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester, Watertown, and Syracuse. There is no charge for the consultation.

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