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Birth injury leaves child with permanent neurological injuries

The birth of a child should be the happiest moment in a person's life. Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong. When complications do occur during pregnancy or the delivery it can result in serious, long-term consequences. If a birth injury occurs due to a doctor's errors or hospital negligence, patients should seek the counsel of an experienced Maryland medical malpractice attorney to discuss the matter immediately.

Maryland readers may have read about the recent award handed down to an Allentown family following a tragic birth injury. The jury awarded the family $4 million after the child suffered cerebral palsy and other neurological injuries. The family reportedly sued the obstetrician for negligence after the doctor ensured the mother a cesarean section was not necessary despite an ultra sound showing the child was 10 pounds.

According to the suit, during the course of the delivery the baby got stuck and was deprived of oxygen for approximately three and a half minutes. As a result of the deprivation of oxygen, the child was transferred to undergo a procedure in which the brain is cooled to minimize potential brain damage. An expert witness for the plaintiff testified that the child's size should have been a sign a cesarean was safer than natural childbirth.

Delivery errors can have profound consequences. With a small child, even minor medical errors can result in developmental or cognitive disabilities such as cerebral palsy or mental retardation. If a child is injured in a birth injury due to medical negligence, the family should consult with an attorney. Children who suffer birth injuries often require long-term care and a medical malpractice award may be needed to pay for it.

Source: The Morning Call, "Lehigh County jury awards $4 million in birth injury suit," Peter Hall, Sept 11, 2013

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