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Medical Verdicts


Oxytocin administration blamed for cerebral palsy

July 2003 · Vol. 15, No. 7

<court>Harris County (Tex) District Court</court>

A woman who had undergone a previous cesarean section presented to a hospital for labor and delivery. Following her admission, oxytocin was given.

During labor, the woman’s uterus ruptured, causing the infant to detach from both the uterus and the placenta. Following an emergency cesarean, the child was born with cerebral palsy.

In suing, the mother argued that the doctors and nurses were negligent in administering oxytocin. Further, she claimed that the doctor was not properly informed of changes in the fetal monitoring strip.

The doctor claimed that he had no recollection of ordering the oxytocin.

  • The jury awarded the plaintiff $1,587,000.

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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