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Portsmouth, VA Mother Who Suffered Brain Damage Has Malpractice Award From Maryview Hospital Upheld

The federal appeals court in Norfolk, Virginia (VA), on December 8, 2011, upheld a $900,000 malpractice award a woman from Portsmouth had won from Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. In the original case, stemming from a botched Caesarean section conducted to deliver the woman's fourth child in 2005, the woman and her Norfolk attorney, Kim Michelle Crump, relied on expert testimony from an obstetrician/gynecologist to convince a judge that the deliver doctor had made surgical errors and that nurses charged with providing follow-up care were negligent.

Facts presented during the original civil trial and considered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit included the following:

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The court's award will be reduced by the amount of the settlement with the federal government, but the money will undoubtedly go a long way in helping the woman, her children and the rest of her family deal with the aftereffects of the surgical error and subsequent brain damage. While most people think of infants developing cerebral palsy or sustaining physical injuries such as dislocated shoulders when they hear the term "birth injury," this case shows that mothers are as much at risk as their newborns when doctors and nurses do not meet their responsibilities to provide top-quality care.

As a Virginia Beach, VA-based medical malpractice attorney myself, I know that anyone harmed by medical negligence or mistakes must often take hospitals and health care providers to trial in order to receive the compensation they need to recover physically, financially and mentally. I am pleased that this case was resolved in the injured mother's favor.

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