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Medical Verdicts

Second twin suffers brain damage

October 2005 · Vol. 17, No. 10

<court>Sussex County (NJ) Superior Court</court>

After successful delivery of a first twin, the second twin’s head came to rest on the umbilical cord. He was deprived of oxygen for 15 minutes. The subsequent brain damage left him with little or no cognitive function and no use of his limbs. He will require lifetime care.

In suing, the plaintiff faulted the obstetrician, the nurse, and the hospital and noted that the delivery room had no emergency cesarean section equipment.

  • The parties settled for $1.075 million.

The cases in this column are selected by the editors of OBG Management from Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts, with permission of the editor, Lewis Laska, of Nashville, Tenn ( 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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