Jury Awards $53 Million to Family of Child With Cerebral Palsy

Jury Awards $53 Million to Family of Child With Cerebral Palsy

A jury has just awarded a mother and son $53 Million in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed after her child suffered injury during a difficult delivery. The child now has cerebral palsy – a neurological disorder that will last a lifetime. According to court documents, the doctors, nurses and other hospital staff failed to adequately care for the mother during her pregnancy and when the infant starting exhibiting signs of distress, doctors failed to act quickly enough to order an emergency Cesarean Section. Taking immediate action during a challenging delivery can reduce or eliminate the harm caused to a child. The failure to act as other health care professionals would do in a similar situation may constitute medical negligence. Here, the hospital argued that the child's cerebral palsy was the result of an infection. However, the jury disagreed and found that the hospital acted negligently.

Some of the medical mistakes, according to the lawsuit include: failing to carefully monitor mother and baby, failing to perform a timely cesarean section, failing to follow a chain of command, among other errors in medical care.

More than half of the award will go for future caretaking costs.

For more information or if you believe a loved on has suffered an injury as the result of medical malpractice, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson LLP for an immediate consultation.

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