Verdict Amount: $14,500,000
Attorney: Michael F. Becker
Description of Case: Jones vs. MetroHealth Medical Center involved a pregnant mother with a previous cesarean birth who was admitted to the Metro antepartum unit on 3 occasions around 24-25 weeks gestation for preterm labor. Each time, her labor was successfully stopped with medications and bed rest with minimal cervical changes. At 25 weeks, her baby was viable but extremely vulnerable. She should have been kept in the hospital for as long as possible to prevent any further progress in labor. Instead, she was discharged home. Six days later, her water broke and she went into active labor. Instead of granting the mother’s request for a repeat cesarean, the doctor instead chose to let the mother labor. Four hours later, the baby began showing sides of fetal distress which progressively worsened. Doctors watched the baby’s condition deteriorate for another 3 ½ hours before finally doing an emergency cesarean. The baby was born with a severe brain hemorrhage which resulted in a permanent brain injury, cerebral palsy and cognitive disability
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