The Supreme Court in British Columbia awarded in excess of $1.4 million U.S. dollars in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving a child suffering from severe cerebral palsy. The child’s mother sued the health authority overseeing the hospital, a doctor and two nurses over the child’s cerebral palsy which was attributed to a placental abruption. A placental abruption occurs when the placenta peels away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery. Placental abruption can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients and cause heavy bleeding in the mother. According to mayoclinic.com placental abruption is an uncommon and serious complication of pregnancy and requires immediate medical attention. It is crucial for healthcare providers to determine a newborn’s risk for placental abruption in order to develop a plan of action in the event that a birth complication occurs. When practitioners are properly prepared to address complications in a timely fashion, they reduce a child’s risk for birth injuries such as cerebral palsy.
In the case at hand, the medical malpractice of the personnel involved led to an interruption in the supply of oxygen to the child’s brain. If a baby suffers from oxygen deprivation during birth, this may cause brain damage which can result in cerebral palsy. The child’s mother argued that her physicians and nurse failed to properly consider the signs indicating the onset of the abruption and to intensely monitor the fetus’ health during labor among other things. The Judge in the case stated that the injuries to the child were catastrophic citing her inability to ever walk and most likely not developing intelligence beyond that of a four-year-old.
The Chicago birth injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti believe that all victims of medical malpractice at birth should be fairly compensated for their injuries. If your child suffered injury or death due to malpractice at birth, contact us to discuss your potential claim and all of your legal options.