NewYorkInjuryNews.com recently reported that a woman was awarded a $6 million birth injury settlement from a hospital in Tennessee after her daughter, Matdison, was born with a birth defect.
Sahra Sutton arrived at the hospital on March 5 to give birth to her baby. During delivery, certain complications arose and a midwife working at the hospital explained to the doctor that she needed to perform a cesarean section. The doctor decided it was unnecessary and directed Sutton to continue pushing.
After Matdison’s birth, the baby had trouble breathing and was placed in an incubator at the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital. Baby Matdison remained in an incubator for over a month. She then developed cerebral palsy.
Sahra Sutton filed a lawsuit a few months after Matdison’s birth claiming that because a cesarean was not performed, her daughter’s brain was deprived of oxygen, which in turn caused her to develop cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, is a disorder of movement, muscle tone, or posture that is caused by injury or abnormal development in the immature brain. The effects of cerebral palsy include movement and coordination problems as well as neurological difficulties such as vision impairment or mental disability.
Following the settlement, Sutton explained that she plans to use part of the settlement to purchase a home that is wheel-chair accessible. Matdison will require extensive therapy sessions due to her birth injury.
Our Chicago birth injury lawyers have experience in dealing with cases like Sahra Sutton’s. The attorneys at Levin & Perconti are knowledgeable in this area of the law and have settled numerous cases on behalf of families whose children have been injured due to a hospital’s negligence. If you or anyone you know has children who have been hurt during childbirth, please contact one of our attorneys today for a free consultation.