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Family settles birth injury lawsuit for $5.25 million


Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 29, 2013 in Birth Injuries

When people are preparing for the delivery of a baby, many of them will do whatever they can to make sure that they have a healthy baby and a safe delivery. Connecticut parents will research birthing options, develop birth plans, take vitamins and do just about anything they can to ensure that their child is born healthy. But all this work can be undone if a mistake is made by doctors during the delivery.

Parents who have a child with a birth injury are understandably devastated. If a doctor makes one bad move during the delivery, the consequences can be quite serious. Too many babies are the victims of a birthing error made during the delivery and suffer life-long injuries. One family was recently compensated for the extensive injuries their son suffered as a result of a doctor's negligence during his birth. 

The family filed a lawsuit against a hospital after their son was born with extensive brain damage. The mother had been admitted to the hospital shortly after she went into labor. During the course of the delivery, however, the doctor took too long to determine that a C-section was necessary and administered a dose of Pitocin improperly. At both of these points, the unborn baby was put in danger. He was not getting enough blood or oxygen during these times and was therefore born with a serious brain injury and now requires ongoing and constant care.

The family and hospital recently settled the lawsuit, and the hospital has agreed to pay $5.25 million to the parents of the boy, who is now 7 years old.

Victims of birth injuries often require extensive medical attention for much of their lives. This can be very expensive and difficult for family members to cope with. Compensation may not be able to undo the tragic consequences of medical negligence during birth, but it can provide families with the financial support they will likely require in order to provide the level of care that a child may continue to need throughout his or her life. 

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "Brain injury during birth costs Ohio State hospital $5.25 million," Ben Sutherly, June 28, 2013