The actual payment is expected to be less because of a prior deal.
The Express-Times said the Lehigh County jury decided on Dec. 23 that St. Luke’s University Hospital and one of its doctors are to blame for Matthew Crowell’s disabilities resulting from his November 2009 birth.
The jury concluded after a two-week trial.
They found that St. Luke’s and Dr. Ronald Kirner ignored signs that Matthew wasn’t getting enough oxygen during birth and should be delivered by cesarean section.
Mark and Sharon Petrosky Crowell alleged that oxygen deprivation at birth resulted in health problems for Matthew Crowell, who is now 4 years old, including cerebral palsy and severe developmental delays.
A St. Luke’s spokesman said the hospital provided appropriate care and didn’t cause harm to the baby.
Hospital spokesman Ken Szydlow issued the following statement:
"During this unfortunate trial, nationally renowned experts from Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia agreed with St. Luke's. Despite the testimony of these experts, the jury had a different opinion. Unlike medicine, the legal system is not a precise science. In any event, our hearts and sincere wishes go out to the baby and his parents and family in this holiday season and in the years to come."
The family's attorneys, McLaughlin and Lauricella, have gained a $20 million verdict in Philadelphia, but "this is our first $50 million verdict."
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