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Family receives medical malpractice award for birth injury

It can be incredibly confusing and difficult for patients who are injured when receiving medical care. For the most part, patients want to believe the best of the medical community. While the intentions of doctors and nurses may be noble, sometimes a person's intentions don't matter. This is especially true when the person commits a preventable medical mistake that results in a serious injury. Maryland readers may find the following blog concerning a recent birth injuries case interesting.

A jury recently awarded a young girl a $32.8 million medical malpractice award due to an injury that the young girl sustained at birth due to a medical mistake. According to news reports, the jury found that the nurses on duty at the hospital attending to the young girls mother failed to alert the doctor about a dramatic change in the child's heart rate during labor. This failure to inform the doctors, as well as other delivery errors, resulted in the newborn child suffering severe brain damage. It is believed that had the child would not have suffered these injuries had she been born anywhere from 15 to 17 minutes sooner.

According to the child's mother, when she was admitted to the hospital for delivery there were no real concerns about the pregnancy. Later, however, the child's heartbeat fell from 150 beats per minute to nearly 60 beats per minute. The family's attorney argued that the drop in the heart rate was likely the result of oxygen deprivation caused by a kink in the umbilical cord. The award for the child, who now suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, is believed to be one of the largest in the county.

While most deliveries go smoothly, sometimes complications do arise. When this happens, parents rely on the knowledge and professionalism of doctors and nurses to help guide them through the delivery process. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. If a child is injured due to preventable labor errors, however, they may be able to seek compensation for their injury. From help with on-going medical care to damages for pain and suffering, the first step in recovering damages is to speak with an attorney.

Source: Daily Times Court Decisions, "Jury gives $32.M to girl in Chesco medical malpractice case," Michael P. Rellahan, Jan. 22, 2014

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