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Delivery error leaves child with cerebral palsy

Complications in the labor and delivery process can have serious consequences for the mother and child in the delivery room. Fortunately, when delivery or labor errors do occur it may be possible to hold the responsible parties accountable. Maryland readers may be interested in the following case in which a child experienced cerebral palsy and other birth injuries, including grave developmental impairments, due to delivery errors.

A jury recently awarded a family $55 million in a medical malpractice case that involved a delivery error. In the lawsuit, the family claimed that the hospital and doctor ignored signs that their child was losing oxygen during delivery and that the child was too large for the mother to deliver in a vaginal delivery. The child reportedly lost even more oxygen when he got stuck during the delivery.

According to the lawsuit, when the child was born he was pale with poor respiration and displayed signs of seizure-like activity. As a result of the loss of oxygen the child has reportedly suffered a number of serious problems including difficulty walking and talking. According to the family's attorneys, the child, who is now 4-years-old, would have been fine if a cesarean section was performed. The jury found the hospital and doctor each 50 percent to blame. However, due to a prior agreement between the family and the defendants, the family may not receive the entire $55 million award.

If a child is injured due to a doctor's mistakes, the family of the child may be entitled to recover monetary damages for the harm endured. In many medical malpractice cases involving birth injuries the parties are able to reach a settlement before going to trial. In some cases the family may be able to recover costs for their child's past medical expenses, future expenses and rehabilitation, pain and suffering and much more.

Source: Morning Call, "Lehigh County jury awards family $55 million in medical malpractice case against St. Luke's," Kevin Amerman, Dec. 23, 2013

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