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Family awarded $4 million by jury in birth injury lawsuit

For expectant parents in Providence, the upcoming delivery of their baby is one of the most exciting times of their lives. Typically, stress is not something greatly associated with these occasions as most people usually believe that they are in good medical hands with their doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff. There are times, however, when the reliance on one’s critical teams fails, and something happens to the baby during delivery. At this stage of development, the tiniest things can cause serious problems with a baby, if a birth injury happens, and negligence can be proven on the part of the provider, than the parents and family may be entitled to compensation.

A Pennsylvania family was recently awarded for such damages after their birthing experience left both the mother and baby with problems. According to court documents, the couple and the provider were aware days before the delivery that baby was large, and that a normal vaginal delivery may not be the best route. However, her OB-GYN continued to assure her that the baby was fine and that they had nothing to worry about. Yet after having labored for several hours, the pregnancy wasn’t progressing. The doctor then decided use forceps to assist in the delivery. During the delivery, the baby became stuck near the mom’s pelvis for over three minutes, depriving her if vital oxygen. The end result for the baby was mild cerebral palsy, while the mom battles incontinence.

At trial, a jury awarded the family $4 million in damages as a result of the doctor’s negligence. No word yet on whether the doctor plans to challenge the decision.

While most providers are well-intentioned in their care, accidents still do occur. When someone needs compensation for these types of injuries, he or she may first wish to consult with a personal injury lawyer to assist them in achieving it.

Source: Allentown Morning Call “Lehigh County jury awards $4 million in birth injury suit” Peter Hall, Sep. 11, 2013

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