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Nearly $34M Awarded to Family of Boy Who Suffered Brain Damage After Delivery

A Baltimore County Circuit Court jury on Tuesday awarded nearly $34 million to the parents of a boy who suffered severe brain damage after being delivered by emergency C-section at 23 weeks despite no actual indication of fetal distress.

The award is expected to be reduced to $25.2 million due to Maryland’s statutory cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases.

According to the complaint, Tara Anderson was misdiagnosed as being in preterm labor and fetal distress after reporting to the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson on Dec. 13, 2018, complaining of lower abdominal cramping and back pain. Medical tests administered to Anderson at the time indicated no signs of labor or placental abruption, the complaint stated.


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