Late this week Courant News published a story on a jury verdict in an untimely cesarean section case that represents one of the largest single birth injury verdicts ever. The report shares information about the suit filed by a family against their obstetrician who failed to provide them with the level of care to which they were entitled. The family alleges that their doctor waited too long to perform a cesarean section leading to serious consequences for their baby. Specifically it was argued that a timely incision to relieve the upper uterine area on the birthing mother was not performed quickly enough. As a result, there was insufficient space for a traumatic delivery, delaying the necessary cesarean section.
As often occurs when doctors wait too long to perform these deliveries, the family’s new addition was born with severe cerebral palsy. The boy will forever need close medical care. He is unable to walk, eat, or talk, needs to be fed through a tube, and will be confined to a wheelchair for life.
The jury ultimately agreed with the family in this case and determined that the doctor was negligent in his conduct. They awarded the family $58.6 million for their losses, though it remains unclear if the judge will let the total award amount stand.
Our Chicago birth attorneys have experience representing families who have suffered from similar medical mistakes. Last November we settled a case for $6.5 million on behalf of a family that went through a traumatic birthing ordeal involving an inexperienced medical resident who failed to notice that the baby’s head was too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis. The problem required the performance of a cesarean section, but the doctor’s error delayed it.
When a cesarean section was finally ordered for the birth, the anesthesiologist improperly anesthetized the mother, ultimately forcing her arms and legs to be held down while the incision was made. Following the mistakes the child suffered from cerebral palsy and will need on-going medical care for the rest of her life.
Many medical errors made during childbirth have debilitating, life-long consequences for the poor victims involved. When the medical professionals that you rely on fail to provide basic care then patients have the ability to hold them accountable for their errors and should contact an Illinois birth injury lawyer to learn about their options.
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