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Teen disabled at birth finally gets payment from jury award

A wheelchair stricken teenager who was disabled at birth is finally able to get the equipment and aid he needs to make his life easier. The young man was injured at birth in Florida in 1997 from the negligent action of nurses at the hospital, which caused a crippling brain injury. While it took nearly ten years for the case to come before a jury, the jury found that the nurses were negligent by not following standard hospital rules and regulations. The jury awarded the young boy's family damages of $30.8 million.

But it took another five years for the family to receive payout from the jury's decision. While the family won the decision against the hospital, the action was delayed because the government had purchased the private hospital and Florida law prevents individuals from collecting judgments worth more than $200,000 from government entities.

An attorney for the family had to work with Florida lawmakers to introduce a bill that permitted for lump sum settlement payment of $10 million and an additional $1 million a year for five years. The first check arrived last December and helped the family buy a wheelchair, a track/lift system to transport him into the bathroom and bedroom and a van with a lift. The rest of the money went into a Special Needs Trust that will help pay for ongoing, 24-hour medical expenses for the rest of the boy's life.

A birth injury due to medical negligence it is a traumatic event for a child's parents. Maryland families that believe their child suffered from medical negligence during birth or while in the hospital's care should contact an attorney to help them find justice for the injuries to the child.

Source: ABC 7 News, "Colorado teen, disabled at birth, finally gets needed equipment," Jennifer Castor, Nov. 29, 2013

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