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Newborn suffers from cerebral palsy after poor medical care

Let alone the emotional tragedy of a birth injury that causes life-altering affects to a newborn child, the financial toll of such an incident can be monumental. The medications, rehabilitative sessions and physical equipment that are commonly associated with such birth injuries can cost obscene amounts of money -- and these costs don't go away over time. A birth injury affects the entirety of a person's life, and the negligence that tragically and wrongfully put them (and their family) in such a position should not go unpunished.

Though criminal charges are uncommon, civil suits regarding birth injuries and medical negligence can achieve a small sense of justice for the victimized baby and his or her family. These suits can conclude with huge compensatory rulings going in favor of the plaintiff that cover things such as pain and suffering (of both the affected individual and their family), potential lost wages, gross negligence and medical costs.

Last month, we talked about a botched C-section procedure that left a Maryland child with developmental disorders and brain damage. Now, another high-profile birth injury case in the state has left a young boy with cerebral palsy.

The boy was born prematurely in 2002, but his parents argued that a lack of oxygen for the boy while he was in the mother's womb caused his cerebral palsy. They further argued in their lawsuit that doctors should have been aware of what was going on and moved to an emergency Caesarean procedure to deliver the baby, as opposed to the prolonged vaginal birth that occurred.

The family was awarded $21 million for pain and suffering, medical costs and potential lost wages.

Source: Baltimore Sun, "Jury awards Glen Burnie family $21 million in Harbor Hospital medical case," Kevin Rector, July 31, 2012

  • Our firm handles similar situations to the one discussed in this post. If you would like to learn more about our practice, please visit our Silver Spring birth injury page.

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