New York Family Awarded $130M in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

April 19, 2013

A Long Island, N.Y., family has been awarded $130 million in a malpractice lawsuit.

The parents of Shannon Reilly of Bayport had sued St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Port Jefferson. They claimed her delivery there in 2002 resulted in her cerebral palsy.

Newsday says the jury found St. Charles “departed from accepted obstetrical practice” in several ways. According to court records, that resulted in Shannon being deprived of oxygen just before birth.

Attorneys say Shannon can’t speak, walk, write or swallow without help.

Attorneys for both sides called the award one of the highest known medical malpractice verdicts in New York State.

The attorney for the hospital said he would ask the trial judge to set aside the verdict and grant a new trial.

Latest Comments

  • April 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    amy says:
    It is amazing to me that the insurers, the defense counsel or anyone with knowledge about this case would be critical of plaintiff's counsel for declining the $8 million dolla... read more
  • April 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    insurancepro says:
    I'm sure that there may be some type of medical device (similar to a pacemaker) that may assist her with the mechanisms of swallowing. While this is a large sum, I'm sure the ... read more
  • April 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    reality bites says:
    Horribly tragic incident for a heck of a lot of money. Not sure I understand the mechanics, but how exactly does one "help" another person swallow?
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