Across the country, mothers are making sacrifices to support and nurture
their children. At the same time, there are mothers whose lives are forever
derailed due to mishaps that occur as they attempt to bring new life into
the world. Sometimes these mistakes are due to a doctor’s lack in
judgment and other times women are injured by a lack of skill during delivery.
Whatever the source, the results of injury during childbirth are often
tragic. Andrea Larkin recently received compensation for the tragic experience
she suffered while giving birth to her daughter.
Andrea Larkin was an athlete throughout most of her life. She ran the Boston
Marathon in 2004. The race left her with some dizziness that led her to
consult a physician. Dr. Jehane Johnston ordered both an MRI and a CAT
scan for Larkin. The test results demonstrated that Larkin had a brain
abnormality. The doctor was then obligated to place her name on a universal
list notifying other physicians of Larkin’s condition. Larkin’s
name was never added to the list.
In 2008 Larkin and her husband were expecting their first child, a daughter
named Alexa. Without any indication of the abnormality found in 2004,
Larkin and her doctor planned to have a natural birth. Had her doctor
known of the abnormality, a caesarean section would have been scheduled.
Because Larkin’s body was unable to handle a natural birth, she
suffered a massive stroke and has been completely paralyzed ever since.
Just in time for Mother’s Day a Dedham jury returned a verdict of
$35.4 million to Larkin for her
medical malpractice claim. Larkin is now 35 years old and has suffered from paralysis for
seven years. Her attorney explained that “she requires 24-hour care
for pretty much everything. She has difficulty with speech. She can’t
work.” Prior to the injury Larkin was a teacher at the Foxborough
Regional Charter School. Her husband, Tim, explained, “Any time
you see your wife, your best friend, have this happen to her, and given
the person that she was before all this happened, and given how she wanted
to be as a mother, in terms of playing a very active role in that capacity,
it’s devastating to see.” Tim expressed his sorrow that his
wife is generally homebound and reliant on caregivers to do even simple,
everyday activities. In addition to the struggles the family faces on
a daily basis, they have been paying for Larkin’s care since the
injury. According to their attorney the annual cost of her care came to
$200,000 each year.
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
No one should have to suffer after entrusting their health to a physician.
If you have been injured at the hands of a negligent healthcare provider the
Atlanta birth injury lawyers at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. are here to help. Our experienced attorneys
are committed to helping you win your case.