The birth of a baby is meant to be a joyous occasion. If the medical team compromises the welfare of the newborn baby, it is only natural for Pennsylvania parents to want to hold the responsible parties accountable by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. A birth injury will bring about many unanticipated emotional and financial stresses. Specialized care and education, along with physical therapy, may be required for the rest of the child’s life.
While most children suffer no injuries during the birthing process, things can go wrong if negligence is present. When a mother in another state went into labor three years ago, the attending physician apparently failed to recognize an emergency situation that required a C-section. The delay caused brain injury that left the newborn with multiple disabilities.
The child was left blind, and she will never walk or talk. She cannot eat, and she is fed through a tube. She suffers occasional seizures, and she will always require special care. The mother filed a lawsuit against the doctor, and a U.S. District Court Judge recently awarded $9.6 million to the child and $250,000 to the mother to compensate for emotional distress.
Navigating a birth injury lawsuit is complicated. Many parents choose to utilize the services of an attorney to provide guidance through the legal proceedings of litigating a medical malpractice lawsuit in a Pennsylvania civil court. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can gather the necessary information to establish negligence and advocate for the clients to obtain a fair judgment that may ensure proper care for future care of the child.
Source: mercedsunstar.com, “Judge awards $9.6M to child in medical malpractice case“, Nov. 2, 2015