Posted on October 8th, 2010
Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy verdicts throughout the country in the past couple years highlight the numerous complications that can occur during the birth process. Unfortunately these complications arise and often times are not treated in time to prevent the devastating and permanent injuries that can occur. These injuries are typically caused by a prolonged decrease or loss of oxygen to the baby’s brain causing a permanent and irreversibly injury. Often times, a result, a child will develop cerebral palsy or mental retardation. The potential complications are numerous and include such things as failing to recognize fetal distress, failing to properly deliver a baby, failing to prevent an untimely or early delivery and failing to timely convert to a cesarean section (c-section). Tragically when these injuries occur families and lives are devastated and are forced to deal with significant costs and medical bills for the remainder of their lives.
In addition to numerous settlements across the country that are confidential there have been many substantial jury verdicts in these cases. In fact, an Illinois jury awarded $29 Million in case claiming negligence during a baby’s birth which resulted in his permanent brain damage causing spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. In Florida, a jury awarded $38.75 Million in a case claiming failure to perform a timely C-section resulting in a birth injury to the infant. In Maryland, $4 Million was awarded to a boy whose family claimed his cerebral palsy was caused by doctors’ failure to monitor his fetal heartbeat when his mother was in the hospital. In another case in Illinois, $12 Million was paid to the family of a brain-damaged boy, severely injured during birth, who now has a form of cerebral palsy.
These cases and horrific injuries are avoidable with careful fetal monitoring and timely care and treatment. When a mother is delivering her baby, physicians and other health care providers must provide care that is within the standard of care. Any deviation there from is unacceptable as the consequences can be catastrophic.
If you and your loved ones on may have been the victim of medical malpractice resulting in a birth injury, such as cerebral palsy or mental retardation please call us today to discuss your legal rights. The timing of your lawsuit is also very important and governed by laws that are different in most states. Even if you have been told it’s too late to file a case, call us to discuss your case. You can contact us through email at Mikesnyder@litigationteam.com or by phone at 410-653-3700.