Compensation Package Receives Final Approval in Severe Birth Injury Case
A mother has accepted, and the court approved, a settlement package offered by the defendant in a highly emotional birth injury case that had been filed after the plaintiff’s son was born with cerebral palsy and severe disabilities as a result of the medical team’s negligence in handling the mother’s pregnancy and labor. The final award represents about one-half of the amount initially requested as compensation for the hospital’s alleged negligence, but the amount was reduced as part of the settlement agreement, which has been ruled as sufficient by the controlling court. As a result of this agreement, the child’s family will have assistance in the difficult task of raising a severely disabled child who has suffered from a birth injury.
An Emergency Cesarean Section Was Not Performed Quickly Enough
According to a local news article describing the case, the lawsuit was filed after the plaintiff gave birth to a child while under the care of the defendant hospital. Allegations in the complaint claim that the doctors and medical staff who were treating the plaintiff failed to perform an emergency cesarean section quickly enough after the procedure was needed.
The plaintiff argued that the medical providers should have been aware that the child could be oxygen-deprived and should have ordered a cesarean section sooner than they did. The child was eventually delivered by a cesarean section, although the plaintiff argued that it was done too late, and her child was born with cerebral palsy as a result of oxygen deprivation during the procedure.
Cerebral Palsy is Often the Result of a Negligently Inflicted Birth Injury
Many families are left with a child with cerebral palsy, which often develops because the baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen during the delivery. This common cause of cerebral palsy is well known in the medical profession, and doctors and hospitals have a responsibility to detect and treat the oxygen deprivation before the development of cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, preventative and corrective measures are not always taken soon enough, and thousands of babies are born disabled every year as a result. Victims of medical negligence, such as the parents of a child disabled after a birth injury, can seek recourse by hiring an attorney and filing a Maryland birth injury lawsuit to collect damages.
How to Consult a Qualified Attorney
If you or a loved one has been a victim of malpractice resulting in a birth injury, the experienced birth injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt can help with your case. Our dedicated Maryland medical malpractice and birth injury attorneys fight hard for our clients, and we have a track record of proven results. Contacting a skilled malpractice lawyer as quickly as possible after an injury occurs increases the likelihood of full and fair recovery. At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, we focus our practice on birth injuries and medical malpractice, and we represent victims nationwide. Contact the qualified Maryland and D.C. birth injury attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt today. Call us at (410) 998-3600 or contact us through our website to schedule a risk-free consultation.