A lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County, IL on behalf of a baby that died due to birth injuries. The child’s grandmother filed the birth injury lawsuit against the doctor that delivered him and the hospital where he was born. The lawsuit alleges that the doctor failed to perform a cesarean or treat the baby during delivery. The baby suffered neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy during delivery and died several months later from his birth injury. Read full coverage of this Illinois medical malpractice case.
The injured baby’s mother had been pregnant with twins, but one died in utero. A few weeks later, doctors discovered that the surviving twin was in distress and determined that an emergency c-section was necessary. The operation was delayed for several hours, however, and the baby ended up being born with permanent brain damage that led to cerebral palsy and mental retardation. The award should help to guarantee that the child receives the necessary treatment that she will require for the rest of her life.
Read more about this delayed c-section case here.
Last week, a jury returned a verdict of $6.4 million to a woman for brain damage that she suffered during pregnancy. The medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that the woman’s doctor failed to properly treat her for preeclampsia, a condition that can cause high blood pressure in pregnant women. The woman’s baby was born free of birth injuries but she suffered a brain bleed after her condition became severe.
Preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders have been recognized as being responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year, worldwide.
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