(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this birth injury/medical malpractice case and its proceedings.)
BRIEF STATEMENT OF FACTS
This medical malpractice action arises out of the prenatal, perinatal and postnatal care and treatment provided to Molly Brown and her minor son Mark Brown by defendants Tom White, M.D., Richard Hill, M.D., and Memorial Hospital (hereinafter “Memorial”). On June 20, 2000, Mrs. Brown delivered her son, Mark at Memorial. Plaintiffs contend that as a result of defendants’ alleged negligence in caring for Mrs. Brown and her son Mark Brown while at the hospital, Mark Brown suffered permanent neurological damages, including cerebral palsy.
As to defendant Memorial, plaintiffs contend its nurses negligently delayed in attaching Mrs. Brown to a fetal heart monitor upon her presentation to the hospital, that defendant failed to implement intrauterine resuscitation maneuvers, and that defendant’s nurses failed to timely contact Dr. White. (See, Molly Brown’s responses to special interrogatory no. 23). Plaintiffs further contend that, as a result of this alleged negligence, plaintiff Mark Brown suffered physical, emotional and other damages. Plaintiffs allege defendants’ negligence caused Molly Brown to suffer physical, emotional and loss of earnings damage. Mrs. Brown brings her claim for emotional distress as a direct victim, under Burgess v. Superior Court (1992) 2 Cal.4th 1064. Plaintiff Stan Brown contends he suffered emotional distress as a bystander, pursuant to Thing v. LaChusa (1989) 48 Cal.3d 644 and loss of consortium damages as a result of his wife’s alleged injuries. (See Part 3 of 5.)
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