8.10.2018

$35.4 Million Verdict in Mother’s Childbirth Stroke Case Upheld on Appeal

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has upheld a $35.4 million verdict from 2015, in a medical malpractice lawsuit (Larkin v. Johnston) involving injury to a mother during childbirth. The lawsuit was brought by a 28-year-old mother who was left paralyzed by a stroke hours after the vaginal birth of her daughter. Andrea Larkin received prenatal care by the OB/GYN group at Dedham Medical Associates, where previously her primary care physician, Dr. Johnston, had found brain abnormalities including an aneurysm that were never discussed with her or recorded in her medical record's “problem list,” as required by DMA policy.

Attorneys Benjamin Novotny and Karen Zahka represented the plaintiff at trial. The total judgment will include the addition of pre-verdict statutory interest. For more information, see the trial report here.

See the appeal document here: Timothy Larkin v. Dedham Medical Associates, Inc.


Original WCVB-TV news coverage of verdict in 2015: Woman paralyzed after childbirth awarded $35.4M in lawsuit



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