Pregnancies are incredibly complicated procedures. Doctors and nurses must competently do thousands of things to protect against as many potential problems that could arise. They are not always successful and because of their mistakes children sometimes suffer from birth defects such as cerebral palsy. Here are some Illinois cases where that happened:
2013; Illinois; $3,750,000 Settlement:
The pregnant mother in this case called her doctors when she was experience pain and bleeding in her abdomen. Later reports found that she was in the middle of preterm labor and had symptoms of placental abruption. Nevertheless, after calling two and three times, staff at the doctor’s office told her to remain call and come to their office even though going to an emergency room would have probably been more advisable.
Once she got there, doctors were not ready to perform the Cesarean section for nearly half an hour. The baby that was delivered had cerebral palsy. The representatives of the child claimed that these failures caused the condition in the child and sought damages from the hospital and treating doctors. They settled out of court for $3,750,000 with the hospital paying the bulk of this amount.
2013; Illinois; $5,750,000 Settlement:
This story involved a woman who was having a hard time delivering her baby. Doctors failed to realize that the drugs she was prescribed precluded her from pushing the baby out of her. Further, they did not take steps to accelerate the process and, therefore, the baby was delivered late.
The consequence of this was that it was born with cerebral palsy and other related brain injuries. The parents sued their medical providers under the Illinois Family Expense Act and the hospital and doctors agreed to settle for $5,750,000.
2011; Illinois; $5,000,000 Settlement:
This tragedy involved a pregnancy gone awry. A woman went to the emergency room when she started going into labor. Doctors ordered her to undergo a Cesarean section at approximately 10:30 at night. However, this procedure did not initiate until nearly an hour after that and, simultaneously, nurses gave her Pitocin and oxygen.
Eventually, the baby was born with cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, mental retardation, and other injuries. The child’s parent sued the doctor and hospital for this chain of events. They contended that the delay and combination of medications gave the child these defects. Recognizing defeat, the defendants offered to settle and the plaintiffs agreed for $5,000,000.
2014; New York; $3,065,899 Settlement:
The controversy in this case began when a child was born with cerebral palsy and various neurological defects. The pregnancy was being overseen by various nurses and midwives. Apparently, the mother was having a hard time pushing the child but the staff failed to initiate a Cesarean section; consequently, the baby was deprived of oxygen for a substantial amount of time.
When the parents discovered the kid’s birth defects, they sued the providers for medical malpractice. They alleged that staff’s missteps and negligence caused these injuries. Both sides settled out of court for $3,065,899.2014; Virginia; $5,500,000 Jury Award:
This case resembled many other birth defect cases in some respects. The plaintiff alleged that the negligence of medical staff during delivery caused injuries to the newborn child. Specifically, the doctors were slow to realize that the mother was not able to push the child on her own and deliver it manually through Cesarean section or other means.
The unique aspect to this case, however, was that the action was brought by the affected child nearly ten years after the birth. As in other cases, the defendants denied these charges so the jury was left with the difficult question of determining the cause of the kid’s cerebral palsy and other injuries. They returned a verdict for the patient in the amount of $5,500,000.
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