The Plaintiff’s medical negligence claim arose following the administration of excessive morphine (27 times the prescribed dosage) during an emergency caesarean section.  As a consequence of the morphine overdose, she suffered from a short period of depressed respiration as well as slurred speech and confusion.   The primary claim related to the fact that Plaintiff was unable to enjoy the birth of her first child and enjoy breast feeding and bond properly with her child.  This anxiety continued for a period of approximately 18 months.  She was found to have mild/moderate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depressive adjustment reaction disorder for 6 months whereupon she made a reasonably good recovery.  The case settled prior to the trial date for significant damages plus costs.

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