$1,475,000 Recovery for Prematurely Born Twins Settle Their Case
A woman pregnant with twins appeared to have labor pains and proceeded to the hospital where she was evaluated by an obstetrician from her OB/GYN practice group. As she was only 23 weeks pregnant and dilated, the obstetrician decided to rupture her membranes, and, told the parents that delivery would be imminent and that their twins would not likely survive. However, labor stopped after the membranes were ruptured. The parents were told they had a “second chance” and the mom was allowed to continue the pregnancy even though the membranes had ruptured, and, there was an increased risk of infection, premature delivery and developmental delays. The parents were not fully informed of this possibility.
The mom was transferred to another hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit. After 3 more weeks passed by, fetal monitoring showed distress, and, the twins were born by c-section. Both went on to have complications associated with being born prematurely, including mild developmental delays.
Blume Donnelly partner Michael B. Zerres settled the matter for the twins and against the OB/GYN physician who ruptured the mother’s membranes at 23 weeks for a total recovery of $1,475,000.00