Woman Who is Paralyzed after Delivering Baby Wins $35.4M Boston Medical Malpractice Verdict

Andrea Larkin has been awarded $35.4 million for Massachusetts medical malpractice. Larkin, who was not placed on a notification list for her brain abnormalities, which were identified during an MRI and CAT scan after she ran the Boston Marathon in 2004, suffered a serious stroke after delivering her newborn daughter in 2008.

If information about her brain abnormalities been made available so that the 35-year-old woman’s obstetrician had access to the data, Larkin would have been directed to have a Caesarean delivery rather than going into labor. She had to be induced into a coma for two months. When she woke up, she was unable to talk, walk, eat, or speak.

Except for movement in one arm Larkin remains totally paralyzed. She did not hold her daughter for nearly a year. Now, she needs two caretakers to help her.

Larkin has problems speaking and can no longer hold a job. Her family has been paying for her care since the medical incident. The bills have exceeded $200,000 annually.

The defendants in her Dedham medical negligence case are Dr. Jehane Johnston and Dedham Medical Associates. Johnson is the one who treated her after the marathon. With interest, the jury award is a little over $41 million.


Massachusetts Medical Malpractice

Negligent on a medical professional’s part can be grounds for a Boston medical malpractice case if the patient is seriously injured, suffers heath issues, or dies as a result. A few examples of medical negligence:

  • Anesthesia errors
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Wrongful diagnosis
  • Failure to properly document a medical condition
  • Surgical malpractice
  • Hospital malpractice
  • Nursing negligence
  • Poor post-operative care
  • Obstetrician malpractice

You want a lawyer that knows how to figure out what medical error or situation caused the injury, illness, or death. Medical professionals owe patients a duty of care. Violating that care can prove detrimental and costly for plaintiffs and their families. That’s why you need someone advocating on your behalf and fighting for all the financial compensation owed to you. In Massachusetts, you have three years from the cause of action to file your complaint.

Seven years after stroke, paralyzed woman awarded $35 million, The Boston Globe, May 8, 2015

Walpole mom awarded $35.4 million in childbirth malpractice suit, Wicked Local Walpole, May 8, 2015


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