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Medical Verdicts


Did failure to treat chlamydia lead to cerebral palsy?

April 2003 · Vol. 15, No. 4

<court>Kings County (NY) Supreme Court</court>

At 27 weeks’ gestation, a woman pregnant with twins presented to a hospital with unstoppable preterm labor. While the first twin delivered without complication, the second now suffers from cerebral palsy.

In suing, the mother claimed that she prematurely delivered because the medical staff failed to treat her chlamydia infection.

The medical staff contended that the mother’s failure to attend prenatal visits led to the premature delivery. In addition, they argued that twin-twin transfusion may have caused the second child’s complications.

  • The case settled for $2.1 million.

The cases presented here were compiled by Lewis L. Laska, editor of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts. While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.

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