$13 Million Awarded in Medical Malpractice Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit
An Ohio jury found a doctor liable for medical negligence after a day and a half of deliberations in a birth injury lawsuit that involved a 10 year old little girl who developed cerebral palsy as a direct result of her doctor’s negligence. The total amount awarded was $13.9 million.
When the mother of the girl went to see her doctor on one of her regularly scheduled check-ups to see how her pregnancy was progressing, her non-stress test yielded results revealing her baby had a low heart rate. The doctor suggested that they should induce labor. The parents decided to go ahead with the emergency Caesarean section. After the doctor induced labor, however, he decided not to perform the Caesarean. It is alleged that this decision caused a lack of vital oxygen flow to the baby’s brain which inevitably caused the birth injury known as cerebral palsy. An expert witness for the family testified that the baby also suffered additional cerebral palsy after the doctor medically induced contractions and then used a vacuum during delivery.
The doctor who delivered Haley testified that she never considered performing a C-section because there was no indication that anything was wrong with the baby. The family and their experts alleged that a C-section would have prevented injury to Haley and she would not be suffering from cerebral palsy today. The jury believed the family and the family’s experts and awarded them a large judgment to compensate Haley for her injuries.
Cerebral palsy is a condition, sometimes thought of as a group of disorders that involve brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing and thinking, and is usually caused by birth injuries that can produce abnormalities of the brain.
If your child has cerebral palsy or other related birth injuries that you feel is a direct result of negligence, please call Dixon Law Firm so that we can help you find out if you are entitled to any compensation.
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