LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A jury cleared an OB-GYN of any negligence in the diagnosis and treatment of a woman left severely mentally impaired after giving birth to her second child in 2015.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for less than a day before finding in favor of Dr. Michael Tahery on Thursday in the case brought in February 2016 by Rebecca Derohanian and her husband, Zoltan Csizmadia of Granada Hills, both of whom are now 40 years old.
Derohanian suffered a traumatic brain injury from what her lawyers maintained was Tahery's decision to deliver her daughter by cesarean section.
Derohanian subsequently suffered a subdural hematoma, which occurs when blood leaks from a torn vessel into a space below the dura mater, a membrane between the brain and the skull.
The couple's lawyers alleged the spinal anesthesia given Derohanian caused the subdural hematoma. Attorneys for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center countered that Tehery acted reasonably in performing a C-section because the fetus was small in size. The baby girl was delivered weighing five pounds, one ounce, on Feb. 18, 2015.
Csizmadia, who brought the suit on behalf of himself and his wife, alleged medical negligence by Tahery in causing permanent brain injuries to Derohanian and loss of consortium for himself.
Tahery was the only defendant in the trial suit because Csizmadia previously settled the parts of the lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai and a second physician, Dr. Sara Churchill.
Derohanian was released from Cedars-Sinai after three weeks and later spent time at multiple facilities, including a nursing home, Encino Medical Center and Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, Csizmadia testified.
Derohanian has lived since December 2016 at Ryan's Reach, a Coto de Caza care facility which provides assistance to people afflicted with injuries such as hers.
Derohanian will never be able to care for herself again and has a shortened life expectancy because of her injuries, the couple's lawyer, Joshua H. Haffner, told jurors during opening statements.