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Birth injuries lawsuit: $53M awarded after infant brain damage

For most expectant mothers, in Washington, D.C. and the world over, their biggest fear is that something will be wrong with their baby's health. What could be worse, then, than the very hospital and medical staff entrusted with the care of the mother and infant being so negligent as to cause brain damage to an infant? Sadly, this is just what a recent birth injury lawsuit is claiming occurred.

In April 2004, the plaintiff and soon-to-be mother hoped her labor was progressing normally and that she was receiving appropriate medical care. However, she was left for extended periods of time without doctor supervision or follow up by nurses. It was during this time that her unborn child purportedly went into fetal distress that was not addressed for 12 hours. Fetal distress can deprive a child's brain of oxygen, which in turn can lead to severe brain injuries, as is allegedly the case in this lawsuit.

Due to the reported negligence of the hospital staff, the child in question, now 12 years old, is mentally and physically impaired and will remain so for the rest of his life. While the hospital claims that the child's brain injuries resulted from an infection, a jury found in favor of the woman and her child, deciding that his severe birth injuries were caused by the failure of the doctors and nurses to provide adequate supervision and detect the fetal distress. Had they been more attentive, they would have been able to provide the necessary emergency cesarean section.

The family was awarded a settlement of $53 million for the brain damage the child suffered as a result of the hospital's medical negligence. Any Washington, D. C. parent who feels that his or her child suffered brain damage or other birth injuries as a result of negligence or error on the part of medical staff might benefit from contacting a lawyer with experience in medical malpractice cases. A successfully presented case can mean the award of monetary damages to help mitigate the often exorbitant medical costs and ongoing care required for a child who has been born with brain damage.

Source: natlawreview.com, "Birth Injury Lawsuit Sees Record Recovery for Brain Injured Child", Jonathan Rosenfeld, Dec. 20, 2016

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