Wednesday, May 12, 2010

$18.5m New Jersey payout for delayed cesarean

This story is yet another example of how much a planned vaginal delivery can cost (physically, emotionally and financially). Yet this is rarely, if ever, factored into delivery cost comparisons.

Largest in NJ's history
On April 29, 2010 an Essex County, New Jersey jury awarded a verdict of $18.5 million in a medical malpractice case against an obstetrician who delayed a C-section while the baby was in fetal distress.

This is believed to be one of the largest birth injury cerebral palsy lawsuit recoveries in New Jersey history.

Recently, I read an article that asked, "Why is the cesarean rate so high in New Jersey?".


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