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Multimillion dollar settlement reached in birth injury case

An infant who is injured during the birth process in Providence often faces a number of challenges including brain damage, physical impairment, and additional medical care. Mistakes such as the dropping of newborns, administering the wrong medication or amount of medication, and doctor errors can prevent the child from enjoying the same abilities and experiences as other children and be a heartbreaking event for parents.

A baby suffered brain injury during birth in 2006 after multiple mistakes were made during what likely, should have been a normal delivery. The complete information about the mother's condition was unknown but apparently the baby's blood and oxygen levels dropped after a drug was given to the mother improperly, and the obstetrician failed to monitor the situation.

Now a university medical center in Ohio has agreed to pay the parents of the child, who is now 7, a settlement of $5.25 million for the mistakes that were made by the doctor. The money will likely be used for the round-the-clock care the child requires because of the brain damage caused by the injury. It is likely that the child will never be able to be self-sufficient and it unknown whether the child has been able to develop any motor or cognitive skills.

While financial compensation cannot undo the damage that has been inflicted on an infant, it can make it easier for parents to financially handle the challenges associated with birth injury problems such as cerebral palsy or brain damage. It may, therefore, be a good idea for parents to talk with an experienced attorney to find out what their legal rights and options are.

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

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