On this blog last week, we covered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Learning that your baby is suffering from this condition can evoke a wide range of feelings in parents. Anger, hurt and denial are some of the common feelings. You might start to wonder why your child has to suffer. You might wonder how you are going to give your child the best life possible despite the diagnosis. We understand how you feel. We want to work with you to hold the person responsible for your child's condition accountable for his or her errors or negligence.
After having a child and finding that the child was injured in some way during the process, you need to look into all of the information relating to what happened, what rights you have and all of your options. A good place to start is by taking a look at some of the more common birth injuries that are reported so that you can see if your situation matches up.
Cerebral palsy is a disorder that is caused when a person's brain suffers from some sort of injury while it is still developing. This disorder can come with a host of problems for the patient, including difficulty walking, muscle stiffness, trouble eating, tremors, delays in motor skills and more, according to the Mayo Clinic.
When a baby is born with a birth injury, the entire family, including older siblings, can be affected by the diagnosis. For some families, the effects of the birth injuries aren't really anything more than a challenge to overcome. For one family, a diagnosis of periventricular leukomalacia has brought the family together. Kentucky residents might like to read about how a devastating diagnosis turned into a heartwarming story.
Kentucky parents may be interested to learn of a Dec. 23 settlement that was awarded to the family of a 4-year-old who suffered permanent disabilities as a result of his birth injuries. The Pennsylvania jury determined that the plaintiffs should receive a sum of $55 million after their child suffered serious birth injuries because a doctor failed to take appropriate actions during delivery.
A number of birth injury lawsuits have been filed in Kentucky, Ohio and the rest of the country where medical malpractice has been alleged. A number of these birth injury claims have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts.
One of the nation's most prestigious hospitals has been ordered to pay $55 million after a jury rendered a verdict in a medical malpractice case. It was alleged at trial that delays by the hospital in treating a mother that was in labor ultimately led to the child being born with cerebral palsy.
Though many parents look forward to the birth of a child, the child birthing process is also immensely complicated and often results in injuries that can burden the child for the remainder of their life. As many as six out of every thousand children born suffer some sort of birth injury in the United States. Some of these injuries are mild, but many more are extremely severe.
Even legislators from other states than Kentucky or Ohio recognize just how devastating birth injuries resulting from medical malpractice can be. The Florida House of Representatives for example approved a $31 million claims bill to provide for the care of a 14-year old boy that was born with severe cerebral palsy due to the medical malpractice of the hospital that delivered him.
One of the reasons that birth injuries often result in multi-million dollar settlements in Kentucky, Ohio or any other part of the nation is because the consequences of such injuries usually last a lifetime. And as occasionally will occur both the mother and the child can be injured at the same time.