Judge OKs $16 Million Verdict to Couple Whose Baby Died

Posted on Jan 12, 2009
A jury verdict of more than $16 million was recently upheld for a couple whose baby died during delivery at a California Hospital in November 2004.

The jury found that Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and two of its doctors were negligent in their treatment of the mother, Teresa Bailey.  Jurors also determined that Dr. Arturo Mendoza, the director of pathology, committed fraud by making a false representation of fact to the baby's mother. The couple accused the doctor of concealing the baby's true cause of death on an autopsy report.  Attorneys for the couple said that the couple were told their baby died of lung disease when, in fact, the infant died of asphyxia. The boy became stuck in the birth canal, and his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.

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