Idaho Law Blog

A Philadelphia jury has awarded $78.5 million to a local woman whose child suffers from cerebral palsy due to "faulty diagnostic procedures" at the hospital in which he was born. In 2008, the woman went to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center with pregnancy complications. Hospital staff waited 81 minutes to deliver her baby, but the suit contended if they had acted when she first arrived, the child would have been fine.  Chris Mondics, Philadelphia Inquirer  05/06/2012


A $7.8 billion agreement with BP has received preliminary approval to settle a class-action suit which would resolve more than 100,000 individual and business claims derived from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The agreement covers economic, property and medical claims, but not ones from the U.S. government or Gulf Coast states. A fairness hearing to address objections is set for Nov. 8., Reuters  05/02/2012
A 90-year-old Montana woman has been awarded $34.2 million in a lawsuit against her insurance company after the company ended her assisted living benefits. The insurance company stopped payments in 2010 because a doctor found the woman was no longer "severely" impaired, but the lawsuit argued the company misapplied the rules of her policy.  Wire Report, Yahoo News  04/10/2012
A school district in New Jersey will pay $4.2 million to a middle school student who was paralyzed from the waist down after being punched in the stomach by a bully. The punch caused a clot, keeping blood from reaching lower areas of the spine. The suit claims the bully was a known aggressor in the school and failed to prevent him from harming kids.  Wire Report, The Washington Post  04/18/2012
The New York Presbyterian Hospital has agreed to settle a $5.3 million lawsuit with a local family over the premature birth of a child with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. The lawsuit claimed nurses and doctors did not take enough steps "to prevent premature birth" during the woman's several visits before the child was born. Reuters  04/13/2012
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