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Wayne J. Guglielmo, MA

July 27, 2020

Late Appeal Costs Ob/Gyn Group Millions

Connecticut's highest court upheld a verdict against a Norwich ob/gyn practice for injuries to a baby sustained during childbirth, reports the Connecticut Post.

In their suit, the baby's parents claimed she had suffered severe and permanent nerve damage during her 2009 delivery. Her injuries "will prevent her from having use of her arm for the rest of her life," said James Horwitz, the attorney representing the parents.

A trial jury agreed, and in 2016, awarded the plaintiffs a $4.2 million judgment against OB-GYN Services.

Under state law, the group had 20 days to appeal the jury verdict. It eventually filed its appeal but outside of the mandated window, and that failure was cited in the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the plaintiffs. Because of delays in paying the 2016 verdict, the group will also be subject to pay a "substantial amount in interest," according to Horwitz.

Wayne J. Guglielmo, MA, is an independent journalist based in Mahwah, New Jersey.

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