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Medical Verdicts

Premature delivery results in retinopathy, blindness

July 2003 · Vol. 15, No. 7

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

A woman at 27 weeks’ gestation delivered twins. Because they were premature, the newborns were placed in oxygen tents. While one infant experienced no problems, the other developed retinopathy resulting in blindness.

In suing, the mother claimed that the neonates were not properly monitored. She further argued that the infants were never examined by an ophthalmologist.

Hospital staff contended that retinopathy is a known risk factor in premature deliveries.

  • The case settled for $2.5 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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