Law.com recently reported on a $10.2 million verdict that was awarded to a Florida couple whose son passed away after suffering brain damage during his birth. During delivery, the medical staff failed to notice that the baby had an umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. Consequently, the baby boy was deprived of oxygen and suffered permanent brain damage.
An U.S. District Judge had originally awarded the couple $60.5 million in 2005 after they filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. That verdict would have been used to provide medical care for the child during his lifetime. Following his birth injury, baby Kevin was unable to speak, sit, or eat. He required constant, around the clock attention. His saliva had to be constantly sucked out of his mouth to prevent him from choking. The boy also required a special feeding tube in order to eat and survive.
Kevin passed away at the age of three following a brain seizure. After their son’ death, the couple filed a new, wrongful death lawsuit. The judge awarded the couple $5 million each as well as medical and funeral expenses.
What happened to Kevin was preventable. When the umbilical cord gets wrapped around the baby’s body, often the neck, it affects the baby during delivery. This is called an umbilical cord compression. When the cord is compressed in this way, it leads to a decrease in the flow of blood and oxygen to the baby.
Birth injuries connected to umbilical cord complications occur when there is a failure to observe or respond properly to symptoms of fetal distress and incorrect umbilical positioning. Our attorneys at Levin & Perconti are well experienced in birth injuries and will fight for victims whose children have been injured due to medical negligence. If you know of someone who has been hurt by medical negligence, please contact one of our Chicago birth injury attorneys to discuss your case.