A Long Island family was recently awarded $130 million for medical malpractice that resulted in their daughter’s cerebral palsy.
Parents Danni and Frank Reilly filed charges against St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, L.I., claiming the hospital was liable for the severe brain damage that their daughter Shannon was born with in 2002. Shannon, 10, cannot walk and speak but can hear and is aware of everything around her, according to the family’s lawyer.
In a 2009 trial, the family was offered $8 million by the hospital, but was advised to take their claim to trial. An appeals court agreed to hold a new trial after it was argued that a nurse had not followed proper procedure in monitoring Shannon when she was born.
Shannon’s parents are relieved that the trial favored them and their daughter will be protected for the rest of her life. This result is the second largest award for medical malpractice in New York.
At The Driscoll Firm, our legal team is devoted to fighting for the rights of children who have cerebral palsy due to the errors of negligent medical professionals. If this has happened to your family, call (800) 305-9800 to discuss how we may be able to help you obtain financial compensation.