No Malpractice In Delivery of 24 Week Preemie
James M. Furey, Jr. recently obtained a defense verdict in Supreme Court, Suffolk County, in the matter of McLaughlin v. Royek. The defendant, a perinatologist at SUNY Stonybrook, took over care of the plaintiff’s mother’s pregnancy at twenty four and one half weeks, and delivered the infant plaintiff after about twelve hours. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant should have delivered the infant sooner, and that the infant was brain damaged as a result. The jury agreed that the defendant adhered to accepted medical practice, in delaying the delivery in an effort to promote fetal lung maturity before birth.