Court of Claims approves $2.5 million Ohio Reformatory for Women Settlement
A $2.5 million settlement between a Cincinnati family and the Ohio Reformatory for Women will resolve negligence claims surrounding the July 15, 2006 birth of a baby girl with severe brain damage and spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
The Court of Claims of Ohio approved the settlement agreement on Thursday and notes that the settlement will be “drawn on the account of the Ohio Reformatory for Women through the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.”
According to an August 26, 2011 complaint, Marcquietta Nored was imprisoned at the reformatory on April 6, 2006. Within a month of her admittance, Nored’s physical exam showed high blood pressure, and a pregnancy test resulted in a positive result. Nored didn’t learn of the positive test until 19 days later. The complaint cites July 14, 2006 as the date that Nored was initially transferred to the Ohio State University Medical Center emergency room. She returned to the reformatory the next day and transferred back to the medical center an hour and a half later at 5:15 a.m.
“Defendant ORW and/or CMC (Corrections Medical Center) failed to provide prenatal care, obstetrical care, an ultrasound, or any treatment relevant to the pregnancy of Ms. Nored from the time of the positive pregnancy test on April 28, 2006 until the initial transfer of Ms. Nored to OSUMC on or about July 14, 2006,” according to the complaint.
On her first day at the medical center, the complaint states that “despite her continuously elevated blood pressure and hypertension at OSUMC, Marcquieta was given medication for asthma treatment but was given no workup for her pregnancy or for pre-eclampsia.”
Julia Nored was delivered by cesarean section at 1:06 p.m. on July 15, 2006.
“As a direct and proximate result of the negligence of ORW, its agents, employees, and servants, Julia Nored suffers permanent brain injury and has incurred past medical expenses, will incur medical expenses into the future, has suffered from a loss of earning capacity in the future, has endured extreme mental anguish, pain and suffering, has suffered a loss of enjoyment of life, and is unable to ambulate, gain nutrition, speak, or function as would a healthy child of her same age,” according to the complaint.
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