Jury Hits Hospital With $26M Med-Mal Verdict in Tragic Birth Case
Jurors took just eight hours to award a Brooklyn couple $26 million — double what they had sought — after overwhelmed medical residents at Maimonides Medical Center allegedly botched the birth of their twins, leaving one dead and the other deaf and mute, reports the New York Post.
Under a “high-low” agreement struck earlier by both sides, the plaintiffs agreed to receive a “high’’ of $7.5 million if they won their suit and a “low’’ of $1.5 million, even if they lost, according to reporter Julia Marsh.
In 2010, the expectant mother went to the hospital twice with cramping and spotting but was sent home by doctors-in-training, according to the lawsuit. When her twins daughters were born later, they weighed about 1.5 pounds each. A month later, one died from an infection, and the other is deaf and suffers from kidney failure.