Injuries to children can be devastating, especially when children suffer injuries during birth. Maryland families who have ever been affected by a birth injury understand that theses injuries may be permanent and prevent their children from living normal lives.
Although some injuries cannot be avoided during labor, delivery and birth, there are instances when doctors, hospitals and nurses make mistakes while delivering babies due to carelessness or negligence. When a doctor’s mistake causes a baby to suffer injuries, Maryland families may need to pursue a birth injury lawsuit in order to make sure they recover the compensation they will need for their child’s medical bills, injuries and other damages. In some cases, expenses from birth injuries may total millions of dollars.
Recently, a family in New York was awarded $130 million after pursuing a birth injury lawsuit. The award is significant and may even be one of the highest awards from a medical malpractice lawsuit recorded in the state. However, the child’s injuries are also significant. The child who was injured during birth cannot walk or speak. The child also cannot do other tasks on her own such as swallowing food or writing.
The family filed their lawsuit after their child was born with cerebral palsy in 2002. The family’s lawsuit stated that the child’s cerebral palsy was caused by mistakes that had been made by medical professionals when the child was born. According to the lawsuit, medical professionals had made mistakes that had caused the family’s baby to be deprived of oxygen before the child was born. Because the child had been deprived of oxygen for so long, the child suffered permanent injuries.
Birth injuries are devastating and may affect families for the rest of their lives. If you believe that your child has been harmed by a doctor’s mistake before, during or after birth, do not hesitate to reach out to an attorney.
Source: Insurance Journal, “New York family awarded 130M in medical malpractice lawsuit,” April 19, 2013