Birth Injury Verdict Will Pay For Lifetime of Medical Care

Birth Injury Verdict Will Pay For Lifetime of Medical Care

The family of a boy who developed cerebral palsy after labor and delivery complications has settled with the hospital responsible for $17.5 million. A jury found that the hospital staff committed several medical errors and was negligent in its handling of the child's birth. At the end of a medical malpractice trial, the jury awarded the family $18.27 million to go toward paying for a lifetime of medical expenses and other losses.

If you believe you or a family member has been injured as the result of a medical error, consulting with an experienced San Diego medical malpractice law firm should be a top priority. A knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer can begin an investigation into all of the facts and circumstances surrounding an incident and help you determine your next steps.

In this situation, the mother had had a risk free pregnancy. Upon arrival at the hospital to deliver her baby, she was given Pitocin. At times, the use of Pitocin may be required for the health and safety of both the mother and child. While each woman can react differently to this hormone, many report a high increase in pain during delivery and there are definite risks in using this medication.

When delivered incorrectly, in improper amounts or when not needed or monitored correctly, injuries and trauma to the mother and child may occur. Mothers can experience nausea, decreased blood pressure, hemorrhages and impaired blood flow in the uterus. For the newborn, the risk of fetal distress increases and complications such as an abnormal heartbeat, seizures, brain injury or damage and a decreased heart rate can be the result

Although the obstetrician instructed the hospital staff to monitor the delivery of the Pitocin and ensure that the number of contractions did not exceed four per 10 minutes, the staff failed to properly monitor the amount delivered. Additionally, the staff allowed the mother's epidural to continue although the doctor had instructed the staff to remove it. The baby became stuck in the mother's birth canal and suffered oxygen deprivation. The child was born with brain damages and now suffers cerebral palsy. The jury determined that the staff had acted negligently in failing to follow the physician's instructions and failing to act with the requisite standard of care.

For more information or if you believe that you or a loved one has needlessly suffered due to the actions or inactions of a medical professional, please contact the dedicatedSan Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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