Child born with disability, East Coast jury awards $21 million
Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 04, 2012 in Brain Injuries
The day a child is born is supposed to be a day filled with joy, excitement and wonderful plans for the future. Parents should look down at their newborn baby and the only worries should be whether the car seat has been installed properly, whether there are enough diapers at home or whether the nursery is ready.
What a new parent should never have to face on that day is being told that what would have been a healthy baby boy or girl was born with a birth defect because a doctor or hospital had been negligent. The parent should never have to worry about how they will afford the high medical bills necessary to care for the child, the extra challenges that the child will face or the thought that they may not live as long as a child born without the defect.
An East Coast family has suffered for nine years after their child was born with a birth defect caused by hospital negligence in late 2002. Their child was born with cerebral palsy because he had been deprived of oxygen for an extensive period in his mother's womb. The hospital had waited too long to deliver, allowing a prolonged natural birth when they should have ordered a C-section.
After learning about the possible negligent care, the family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, and a jury determined this week that the family had indeed suffered at the hands of a negligent party. The jury determined that the family had suffered so extensively that their claim was worth $21 million.
No amount of money can erase what happened, but it can help them pay for the extensive care the child will need for the rest of his life.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Jury awards Glen Burnie family $21 million in Harbor Hospital medical case," Kevin Rector, July 31, 2012
Our Waterbury birth injury page provides more information for parents who have suffered at the hands of a negligent doctor or hospital and worry how they will pay for the care their child desperately needs.