United States Navy health care providers in California failed to recognize and treat premature labor in Mother Little, who as 25 weeks pregnant. Mother Little presented to the ER four days in a row with worsening pain and evidence of urinary tract infection. She was not admitted and told that she was not in labor and to take warm baths. On the fourth day, Mother Little presented twice, and was admitted the second visit after her water had broken. Mother Little suffered a placental abruption on the fourth day, which complicated liability in the case.
Baby Little suffered CP and has suffered disability of her legs and arms.
Noneconomic damages were capped at $250,000 under CA law. The case settled at mediation approximately a month prior to trial.
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