PRWeb.com recently reported about a birth injury lawsuit that resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict. The lawsuit involved a young boy who suffered permanent nerve damage and arm injuries due to mistakes made during his birth.
The malpractice occurred after complications arose during the child’s delivery. Rather than attempting a number of labor positions or obstetrical maneuvers, a nurse-midwife carelessly pulled the child’s head while struggling with his shoulder dystocia. Due to the midwife’s negligent care, the baby suffered nerve damage and permanent arm injuries.
Shoulder dystocia is a condition that occurs when a baby’s anterior shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. If this happens, the remainder of the baby does not easily follow the head as in most vaginal deliveries. Severe injuries can occur if the proper steps are not taken during childbirth.
After five days of trial, the jury awarded $2.3 million to the child and $60,000 in special damages to the child’s mother. The special damages were awarded to reimburse the mother for medical bills associated with her son’s birth injury. This verdict will help pay for future medical expenses the child will incur as a result of his injuries. Due to the severity of the injuries, the child will require extensive medical care and support in the future. The young boy will never regain the strength and abilities that most children have, including the capacity to ride a bike, play sports, or even get dressed without another’s assistance.
Too often medical professionals make mistakes during childbirth that can be prevented. These mistakes range from not acting quickly enough to failing to take the appropriate actions. Our Chicago birth injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti have decades of experience fighting for victims whose children have suffered severe damage following complications from childbirth. Please feel free to contact a birth injury lawyer if you believe your child has been a victim of medical malpractice.
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