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California Medial Malpractice Verdict of $16 Million Affirmed by Trial Judge

By Stephanie Brown and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A San Diego, California jury awarded parents $16 million in a medical malpractice case where the parents’ child died during delivery. The parents alleged that the doctors not only committed medical malpractice but also concealed the baby’s true cause of death in the autopsy report. The parents claimed that they were told that their baby died of lung disease when in fact, the baby died of asphyxia caused by umbilical cord strangulation while the baby was lodged in the birth canal.

The parents sued two of the mother’s doctors and the hospital, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women. The verdict was returned on December 5, 2008 following a nine week trial. The jury found that the hospital’s director of pathology committed fraud by making a false representation to the mother as to the baby’s cause of death. The trial court judge has affirmed the jury verdict. You can read more about this interesting case at Judge Gives OK to $16 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict.