$1.4 Million Jury Verdict for Perth Amboy Hospital Medical Malpractice
- Date: Spring 1998
- Attorney: John Blume
- Settlement: $1.4 Million
- Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Labor and Delivery, Failure to Diagnose, Fetal Distress, Failure to Perform Timely C-Section, Hypoxia, Brain Damage, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy
Despite two reported indications of distress on a fetal monitor, the physician responsible for a woman’s labor and delivery failed to arrive at the hospital for nearly two hours, even though he lived only 15 minutes from the hospital. When the doctor employed by the hospital finally arrived, he requested that another obstetrician examine his patient. An immediate Caesarean section was performed, but the delay caused the baby to be born with mild cerebral palsy and mental retardation. John Blume tried this case three-week-long case in Middlesex County. The jury found the physician 80% negligent and a nurse, also employed by the hospital, 20% negligent.