Our birth injury lawyers read about a verdict in a recent birth injury lawsuit that awarded the family of the victim of the permanent and severe personal injuries over $58 million dollars. The birth injury lawsuit was filed against the obstetrician that delivered the family’s baby eight years ago, after the baby was born with severe brain injuries while under the doctor’s care. The brain injuries that the baby suffered from during childbirth were the result of the doctor negligently taking too long to get the baby out during birth even after the point where the baby was showing signs of distress during delivery. As a result of the baby’s severe injuries that he suffered at birth, his brain injury left him unable to eat on his own, walk on his own, or talk at all.
In this birth injury case the baby likely suffered these severe birth injuries as a result of oxygen deprivation during delivery. Doctors and nurses must constantly monitor the mother and baby closely to make sure that the baby is not in distress in the womb, and that the baby’s vital signs are what they should be at all times and that the baby is receiving the appropriate amount of oxygen at all times. There are machines and equipment that should always be used by doctors, nurses and at all hospitals to make sure that the mother and the baby are constantly being monitored and to alert the doctor when there is a problem. If the baby is showing signs of trouble, the doctor usually will perform an emergency caesarian because that allows the doctor to get the baby out much more quickly than with a vaginal birth. When a doctor fails to take emergency measures after the baby shows clear signs of fetal distress, the doctor’s negligence adds to the chances that the baby will suffer permanent damage or even die during the birthing process. In this birth injury trial, the jury determined that the doctor’s negligence in failing to deliver the baby more quickly was a definite cause of the baby’s severe and permanent injuries. According to The Digital Journal, the jury awarded the family of the victim with the multimillion dollar settlement to help the family with all of the past medical bills they have had to pay in connection with the birth-related injuries, for all the future medical care that the child will require for his entire life, for all of the equipment necessary for the young boy to live as normal of a life as possible, and also money to try and compensate the family of the brain injured child for the pain and suffering that the victim and the family have all suffered as a result of the doctor’s medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one had a baby and the baby suffered birth injuries as a result of medical malpractice or negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, a birth injury lawsuit may be available to be filed against the party responsible. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys have helped clients all over Illinois recover damages for the personal injuries that they have suffered at the hands of another. Please call our Illinois personal injury law firm today to tell us about what has happened to you or your loved one and to discuss what options may be available.