A newborn baby is something most families look forward to. Many parents fantasize about what their child will be like, what sports he or she will like and even what he or she will be when they grow up. After a routine pregnancy, disaster striking is not something that parents will typically think much about. Unfortunately, there are times when something goes wrong, and disaster does strike. Oregon parents expecting the birth of their child may be interested in a recent jury award for medical malpractice.
In November 2009, a family in another state was expecting their first child. Although the baby was possibly too big for its mother to safely deliver, doctors decided to continue with a traditional deliver rather than a C-section. As a result, the baby was born with numerous birth injuries including developmental delays. Additionally, he has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Reports indicate that because of the baby's size in comparison to his mother, he had trouble navigating the birth canal. He had to be extracted and was deprived of oxygen during part of the delivery. He also experienced brain bleeding as a result. All of these factors have led to the numerous medical issues this child and family now face.
This family decided that their best recourse was to file a medical malpractice suit against the doctor and hospital where the child was born. A jury has found in their favor and awarded them $55 million in damages. Oregon families who find themselves faced with tragic circumstances as a result of medical malpractice will want to review their options in deciding what course of action is best in their particular situation.
Source: The Morning Call, Lehigh County jury awards family $55M in medical malpractice case, Kevin Amerman, Dec. 23, 2013