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Family awarded $7.05 million for errors causing baby's death


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 30, 2013 in Birth Injuries

When a baby is born, parents and loved ones want to first and foremost make sure that the infant is healthy and safe. When a baby is born before it has had time to develop vital life functions and grow, it can be very worrisome for Connecticut parents. However, a baby born prematurely today has a much higher survival rate than in previous years. In fact, 96 percent of babies born with very low birth rate are expected to survive.

This is not to say with certainty that a baby will be able to recover and grow outside of a mother's womb. This is why premature babies often require diligent medical attention and careful observation until they are healthier. When doctors fail to provide a standard level of care to these vulnerable and fragile patients, they put a baby's life in danger and may be held responsible for a tragic, yet preventable, birth injury or death.

One family was recently awarded more than $7 million after the negligence of doctors and nurses contributed to the devastating death of a baby who was only eight days old. According to reports, the baby and her twin sister were born prematurely and weighed only about three pounds each. About a week later, one of the babies went into shock and died from necrotizing enterocolitis. Had doctors diagnosed this condition earlier, it is possible that the baby could have been treated and survived.

The parents were understandably devastated by the loss of their daughter, but they endured additional trauma when they could not get answers as to what happened and why from the hospital or doctors themselves. After repeated attempts to meet with someone who could explain what happened, the parents opted to hire an attorney. The lawyers were able to obtain the baby's medical records and then have an expert witness and doctor report their findings, which led a jury to award the family $7.05 million.

People know that there is no amount of money that can replace a loved one or undo the pain that a person has had to endure. However, filing a lawsuit against a negligent party who is responsible for this pain and loss can help family members finally get the answers and closure they are looking for.

Source: The Boston Globe, "Medical malpractice: Why is it so hard for doctors to apologize?" Darshak Sanghavi, Jan. 27, 2013