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Lawsuit alleges forceps injury caused baby’s brain damage

New parents in Providence County may inherit a whole new set of responsibilities when their babies arrive. Meeting those responsibilities for a brand new healthy baby can strain a couples’ physical and emotional resources. Plus, there are plenty of new expenses that accompany a newborn, as well. Imagine how much greater the emotional stress and financial strain may be if, along with assuming all of the traditional responsibilities of parenthood, a couple were also forced to deal with the aftermath of a debilitating birth injury to their baby.

Such is the struggle facing a Nebraska couple. Their infant son currently faces a lifetime of extraordinary needs after sustaining brain damage during his delivery. In a lawsuit filed against the facility where he was born, his parents’ attorney alleges that the mismanagement of his delivery is what has left him in his current state. Details of the lawsuit claim that not only did breathing problems that the boy was suffering from go attended by staff during his delivery, but also that the provider’s decision to use forceps resulted in the injury that led to his brain damage. The family’s attorney goes on to say that the boy’s electronic medical record was tampered with following the incident, which he claims is further proof of the facility’s culpability.

Ultimately, a jury awarded the boy’s parents $11.5 million in damages. That money should go far in meeting his treatment costs. Those in a similar situation who need money to help support themselves and their babies following a birth injury may be wise to enlist the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney to bolster their cases.

Source: Omaha World Herald “Jury awards $11.5 million to Omaha couple in medical malpractice lawsuit over child’s birth” Hubbard, Russell, Oct. 28, 2016

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