A woman who delivered a young boy with cerebral palsy received $15 million in a jury award following a finding that the medical staff was negligent.
The negligence occurred during the woman’s labor, and the jury found that the attending physician and the medical staff were guilty of failing to respond to signs that both the mother and the infant were in distress.
As a result of the medical professionals’ negligence, the child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He suffers from seizures, is unable to walk on his own, is unable to talk, and is now five years old.
According to the lawsuit, the woman was showing signs of distress when she was admitted to the hospital. The jury found that this indicated that a cesarean section should have been performed. The child ended up being delivered vaginally, and the physician did not show up at the hospital until the next morning.
A common scenario.
Unfortunately, the circumstances detailed in this lawsuit are not uncommon at all. Many of the children who are born with cerebral palsy suffered a brain injury that causes this disorder because they were not given medical attention that they needed and because physicians failed to recognize that the mother, child or both were in a situation where a cesarean section was called for. These cases oftentimes end up with the family filing a lawsuit against the physician, medical staff or the hospital involved.
Not all cases of cerebral palsy could have been prevented by medical intervention. For instance, mothers are sometimes subject to developing infections that are difficult to detect and that end up causing brain damage in the fetus. In other cases, genetics may play a role and the child’s brain may simply fail to form as it normally would, causing the characteristic problems with mobility that go along with cerebral palsy.
If you believe that your child’s cerebral palsy was the direct result of medical negligence, you may want to contact a birth injury medical malpractice lawyer. These lawyers specialize in these cases and they have the resources and expertise necessary to argue them successfully in court.
Because they work under contingency agreements, they will not take the claim unless they believe that they can actually win it in front of the jury. This provides you with the security of knowing that, if one of these attorneys agrees to represent you, it is precisely because they believe that you have a good case that will win your family compensation.