Florida Jury Awards Port Charles Parents $364,000 for Medical Malpractice Case that Led to Baby’s Pre-Birth Injury Defects
In Florida, a jury has ordered Bon Secours-St. Joseph Health Care Inc. hospital to pay Lisa and Joseph Ferrentino, a Port Charles couple $364,928 for failing to detect pre-birth injury defects that caused their baby’s death. Joseph Ferrentino Jr. died on February 20, 2001, three days after he was placed on a respirator. He was suffering from a Trisomy 13, syndrome that leads to chromosome number abnormalities. The Florida jury agreed that St. Joseph Hospital, now called Peace River Regional Medical Center, committed medical malpractice when it acted negligently and failed to detect deformities or disease during testing. The obstetrical ultrasound took place during the second trimester of Lisa’s pregnancy and failed to include key images, including a chamber view of Joseph Jr’s’s heart. The Ferrentino’s medical malpractice attorney says that the ultrasound would have found the heart defects if the hospital staff had done the test correctly, and Lisa would have had the option of terminating her pregnancy. Trisomy 13 Trisomy 13 is a genetic disorder that can result in a number of birth defects, including problems with the different organ systems in the body and mental retardation. 20-30% of infants born with Trisomy 13 die within a month of being born. 90% of infants with Trisomy 13 die by age 1. Obstetricians and gynecologists owe a duty of care to parents and babies to provide them with the proper medical care and attention, including proper testing. When medical errors or the failure to provide that proper care/testing results in injury or death to an infant or the mother, the medical provider can be held liable. Examples of these kinds of medical malpractice include failure to induce labor, failure to provide proper prenatal care, and failure to test for defects. Our South Florida medical malpractice law firm can help you determine whether you have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a health care provider. Jury awards $364K in medical malpractice case, Sunnewspapers.net, June 4, 2008 Trisomy 18 & 13, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Related Web Resources: Peace River Regional Medical Center Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. today.