Aboutlawsuits.com is reporting that a hospital will appeal a $56 million New York Supreme Court jury verdict awarded to a young boy, now seven, who suffered severe injuries during birth. According to the report, during delivery, the infant’s shoulder became impacted against his mother’s pelvic bone, causing a shoulder dystocia.
When shoulder dystocia occurs, it is crucial for labor and delivery staff to take immediate action to reduce harm to the baby. There are a number of maneuvers that practitioners should know to help decrease the risk of serious injury when dystocia occurs. However, if these maneuvers are performed incorrectly, infants can suffer serious birth injuries. In this case, the jury determined that the obstetrician and hospital staff failed to alleviate the shoulder dystocia in a timely manner, causing the newborn to suffer brain injury and nerve damage. The boy now lives with developmental delays and his speech is impaired.
Birth injuries often require a lifetime of medical treatment and care. Our Chicago birth injury lawyers believe it is important to seek justice when a newborn is harmed due to medical malpractice during birth. We hope that the New York Supreme Court will uphold the jury’s decision to compensate this family for their child’s debilitating injuries. We have helped a number of families throughout the Chicago area receive fair compensation to help pay for lifelong medical care, rehabilitation and other costs associated with birth injuries. Please feel free to contact us if you believe your child has been a victim of medical negligence.