Created: 20 February 2010
In Maryland, a jury awarded the family of Ryan Dineen $3,991,000 for their cerebral palsy lawsuit. Ryan is now 9. His family’s lawsuit alleged that medical staff members at Frederick Memorial Hospital of medical malpractice related to Ryan’s birth in May 2000. Named as defendants in the civil complaint were the hospital, three nurses, and three doctors. However, the jury found only two doctors, Dr. Brian Raider and Dr. Edward Chen, negligent for Ryan’s birth injury. According to the lawsuit, Suzette Dineen, an Adamstown resident, was 36 weeks pregnant with Ryan when she was admitted to the Maryland hospital for vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. She claims that after she arrived at the hospital, staff members failed to properly monitor her baby’s fetal heartbeat. The complaint contends that even though Rader, who was the emergency room doctor, and Chen, who is an obstetrician, were told about Suzette’s condition, both men never came to see her. It wasn’t until 3 hours after she arrived at the hospital that the medical team noticed that her baby’s heart rate was too low and they performed an emergency cesarean birth. Ryan had no heart rate and wasn’t breathing when he was born. Doctors were able to revive him but he sustained permanent brain damage and lifelong disabilities and now suffers from cerebral palsy.
For information on representation on catastrophic cerebral palsy cases in Idaho, please contact the Boise, Idaho law firm of Mahoney Law, PLLC. (208) 345-6364. www.patrickmahoneylaw.com.