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Parents awarded $130 million after birth injury


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 22, 2013 in Birth Injuries

One of the most miraculous times in a parent's life is when they have a baby. Having a baby can certainly be painful and frightening, but at the end of the process, the hope and expectation is that a baby will be born healthy and happy. Parents in Connecticut will often do whatever they can to ensure that they give birth to a healthy baby, but all it takes is one negligent act during delivery to cause permanent damage or a birth injury.

Some of the most common birth injuries occur when a nurse or obstetrician fails to note that a baby is in distress during the birth process. This can often result in a lack of oxygen getting to the baby which can cause serious brain damage. When there is a lack of oxygen, a baby can be born with Cerebral Palsy.

This was the devastating case in 2002 for the parents of a baby girl. According to reports, during the delivery of their daughter at the hospital, staff members failed to provide an acceptable level of care to the baby and she suffered a period of oxygen deprivation. Because of this negligence, their baby girl was born with Cerebral Palsy.

The parents filed a lawsuit for the birth injury, claiming that as a result of it, their daughter cannot swallow, speak, write or walk without assistance. Now, more than 10 years later, the family has been awarded $130 million by a jury after the parents filed a malpractice lawsuit. It is said to be the highest malpractice award ever in their state.

The money will not undo the damage that was caused by the negligent hospital staff. However, it will certainly go a long way in helping the parents provide the care and support their daughter needs. The award will also compensate the parents for the expenses they have already had to devote to their daughter because of the mistakes that were made during delivery.

Are you the parent of a child that was injured at birth due to the negligence of the staff at the hospital where the child was born? At the law office of D'Amico & Pettiniccih, a Waterbury personal injury attorney from our law firm can help to review the details of the incident and advise you if there are sufficient grounds to file a damages claim. We charge no upfront fees to handle the lawsuit and your initial consultation is free.

Source: Insurance Journal, "New York Family Awarded $130M in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit," April 19, 2013

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