Kings County (NY) Supreme Court
A woman delivered an infant girl, who soon after birth went into hypovolemic shock. She was immediately brought to intensive care, but now suffers cerebral palsy, quadriparesis, and mental retardation.
The plaintiff claimed physicians did not adequately clamp the umbilical cord before it was cut; this led to bleeding from the cord and, ultimately, the hypovolemia that caused her current condition.
The defense contended bleeding at birth was minimal and the child’s injuries stemmed from an intrauterine condition.
- The case settled for $4.8 million.