$6,000,000 (policy limits) • Brain Damage. Negligent prenatal care.
The minor plaintiff sued her obstetrical group alleging that three days after her due date, the mother thought she was experiencing decreased fetal movement so she went to the hospital outpatient center. The mother underwent a non-stress test (NST), which measures fetal heart rate activity and oxygenation while not in labor, and he NST results demonstrated a one-minute fetal heart rate deceleration indicating that the baby likely had low amniotic fluid causing umbilical cord compression and reduced oxygenation. The defendant obstetrician on duty did not read as concerning or order an amniotic fluid index(AFI) and sent her home. At the mother's next prenatal visit, another obstetrician did not repeat the NST or obtain an AFI. A few days later the minor plaintiff was born in fetal distress and suffered irreversible brain damage.
The plaintiff's attorney Kurt Lloyd hired leading experts on the subject of antenatal testing to prove negligence.
Wright v. Anderson, M.D., et. al.