DEFENSE VERDICT OBTAINED IN SUPREME COURT, QUEENS COUNTY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE

Henry Nelkin, a partner, obtained a defense verdict after a four-week trial in a medical malpractice case in Queens County.  The case was brought on behalf of a woman who had delivered twin daughters and suffered a rare obstetrical complication known as amniotic fluid embolism.  Within minutes of the client OB/GYN delivering the second twin, the woman suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest and thereafter never regained her heartbeat.  It was shown that the condition is unpredictable and that the only treatment for it is supportive care, with the focus being resuscitation efforts.  In summation, counsel for plaintiff asked that the jury award $10,000,000 to $15,000,000 in damages as a result of the wrongful death of the decedent.  The jury rejected the claim, finding that the plaintiff had failed to prove that there was a causal connection between any departure and the death of the decedent.  Previously, a hospital co-defendant had settled out for $800,000.