Pittsburgh parents-to-be are extremely excited for the birth of their new addition. The birth itself can be a flurry of activity with parents not always aware of what is going on. Luckily most births go as planned with a healthy infant born, but occasionally a birth injury can occur that affects the family and the baby forever.
A family in Massachusetts was recently awarded almost $30 million because of a birth injury that their daughter suffered. The mother-to-be went to the hospital at 28 weeks because of decreased movement in the baby. She was admitted and under observation. The baby’s heart rate dropped and the doctor on call, who was home at the time, did not come in. About four hours later the baby’s heart rate crashed and was very low for eight minutes. She was delivered by caesarian and was not alive when born but was resuscitated. Because of the lack of oxygen and blood flow she suffered a severe brain injury. Because of this injury she cannot walk or talk, is blind and fed through a tube. She requires around the clock care.
When a pregnancy and birth does not go as expected because of a negligent medical provider families are devastated. No one expects to give birth to a child with severe disabilities. Families want and deserve answers as to what happened. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help a family determine what happened to their baby. They can review medical records and consult with medical experts. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses and other damages.
A birth injury can have lifelong repercussions for babies and their families. Holding a medical professional accountable for their negligence is important to make sure they don’t harm anyone else.
Source: masslive.com, “Jury awards nearly $30 million to Holyoke family, says doctor’s negligence caused baby’s permanent brain damage,” Buffy Spencer, Feb. 5, 2016