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Little girl's family awarded $8.5 million for birth injury


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 29, 2012 in Birth Injuries

Massachusetts parents understand how many things there are to worry about before a child is born. A mother can carefully control her diet, health and safety during pregnancy, but the birth itself must go smoothly for a healthy baby to come home from the hospital with the parents. If a problem does occur during birth, parents may question why their child has challenges they did not envision.

An Ohio family celebrated their daughter's third birthday this week, but she was not running around and chattering like other 3 year-olds. When the little girl was born, her heart was beating but she was not breathing. The attorney representing the little girl's family claims if she was resuscitated sooner a second time she may not have incurred the life-long disabilities she has. The little girl is unable to speak, walk and eat.

In cases like this, an experienced Waterbury birth injury attorney can provide you valuable legal assistance to a negligent medical practitioner responsible for injuring your newborn. 

when both a child's and her family's life is changed forever, feelings towards the caregivers at the hospital can be quite strong. While it is not known what would have happened if she had been resuscitated a second time several minutes sooner, the question is likely asked by her family regularly.

At birth a child has not done anything yet in life to either help or harm herself. She relies on the care of adults, especially by medical professionals the first few days after birth. A jury decided this week that the hospital must pay the little girl's family $8.5 million for medical costs. Since she is unable to care for herself, her family will likely be faced with covering expensive medical care for the rest of her life.

Unfortunately, this little girl and her family are not alone in suffering from a birth related injury. If others in this situation can also seek guidance for receiving compensation for medical expenses, some stress may be relieved. Money cannot reverse the outcome of an event that happened three years ago, but it can relieve financial concerns from the future.

Source: Vindy.com, "Hospital must pay family $8.5 million, jury rules," Aug. 26, 2012

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