Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 2:20 pm
A medical malpractice lawsuit involving birth injuries has led to a $78.5 million verdict for the plaintiff.
The plaintiff, a 34-year-old mother of a boy with cerebral palsy, sued the hospital in which her son was delivered, claiming that the staff acted negligently in the delivery process. When she was originally admitted to the hospital, she was complaining of several problems with her pregnancy.
Two separate ultrasounds were performed approximately 81 minutes apart. A hospital physician claimed that the first scan showed the absence of a fetal heartbeat, so the baby was declared dead. The second scan showed a slight heartbeat, and the woman underwent a cesarean section to have her son removed from her womb.
The woman’s son was born with cerebral palsy. He will need constant care and attention for the rest of his life. The jury determined that the slow response time by the hospital and the poor equipment that the hospital used were direct contributors to the young boy’s severe birth injuries.
Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 8:56 pm
A mother and son were awarded $3.6 million last week in their birth injury lawsuit against the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore City.
The child, now in second grade, was born 14 weeks early. The prosecutors argue that the hospital was negligent in its standard of care when doctors refused to deliver the child via Caesarean section, which resulted in oxygen deprivation. An infection in the mother also required immediate delivery, said the prosecution.
Doctors who testified at the trial stated that the boy will likely be considered a disabled worker when he turns 18. He currently has an IQ in the 80s. Part of the $3.6 million was awarded as part of his lost future wages.
If your child was injured during birth due to the negligent actions of physicians, contact the birth injury lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. by calling 800-346-5529 today.
Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 5:38 pm
A young child was awarded $1.8 million by an Oklahoma jury this week after she suffered a serious and permanent injury during her delivery.
In 2008, the girl’s obstetrician ruptured and tore nerves in her shoulder after it became stuck behind her mother’s pelvic bone. The doctor then pushed down on the infant’s head to free her. The child’s injured arm will always be shorter than the other and a life time of therapy could do little for its functionality.
$600,000 of the verdict was awarded for her pain and suffering, with the remaining $1.2 million for her past and future medical expenses.
If your child has has suffered a birth injury as the result of a negligent or incompetent physician’s actions, contact the New Jersey birth injury lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. today at 800-346-5529.
Posted on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 4:14 pm
A Michigan jury awarded a 15 year-old girl $144 million for permanent injuries she suffered during birth.
The teenager’s mother filed the lawsuit in 2006 on behalf of her daughter. She believes the hospital and her delivering doctor were negligent in failing to deliver her daughter via Caesarian section and that her natural birth caused her child to suffer hemorrhaging, a fractured clavicle, and severe brain trauma.
After three days of deliberation, the jury came back with the $144 million verdict, which will be used to pay for the girl’s continuous care for the next 77 years. The hospital has said it plans on repealing the verdict, stating it believes it was a genetic condition that caused her injuries.
If your child has suffered a birth injury as the result of a negligent or incompetent physician’s actions, contact the New Jersey birth injury lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. today at 800-346-5529.
Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 8:32 pm
A Nebraska jury awarded a three year-old child and her parents $1.8 million after she suffered a permanent and debilitating injury during birth.
The child’s left arm was paralyzed after the nerves were damaged and severed when it became stuck behind her mother’s pelvic bone. Attorneys for the family say that the obstetrician pushed down on the infant’s head to release her, a move that caused the nerve damage.
A majority of the money awarded to the child, $1.2 million, is for her past and future medical bills, along with potential loss in wages due to her disability. $600,000 is for her pain and suffering and the parents received $5,000.
If your child has suffered a birth injury as the result of a negligent or incompetent physician’s actions, contact the New Jersey birth injury lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. today by calling 1-800-346-5529.
Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 7:38 pm
This past week Connecticut saw a record medical malpractice verdict when a jury awarded a family $58.6 million in damages. The parents filed a birth injury lawsuit against the mother’s obstetrician after her child suffered severe brain damage when the physician failed to deliver the baby in a timely manner.
The boy, who is now eight years-old, will never be able to walk, talk, or eat on his own for the rest of his life due to his injuries. The jury awarded the $58.6 million to cover the child’s lifetime medical care, nursing care, adaptive equipment, and the severity of the maternity error.
The brain injury occurred when the obstetrician failed to relieve the upper uterus to prevent a traumatic delivery as well as delaying delivery via cesarean section.
If your child has suffered a birth injury as the result of a negligent or incompetent physician’s actions, contact the New Jersey birth injury lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. at 800-346-5529 today.
Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 3:58 pm
The family of a boy who suffered severe physical and mental damages during birth has been awarded £6.6 million, the equivalent of $10,791,000 USD.
The young boy, who is now seven years old, will forever need the care of others. He cannot stand or walk without assistance and has no functional speech abilities. Experts agreed that he will never be able to hold any form of employment or manage his own affairs.
The parents blame the south London hospital for negligence during labor and birth that resulted in their son’s birth injuries. The doctors confessed to a “breach of duty” during the birth, which means the defendants failed to satisfy or fulfill their ethical, legal, or moral obligations.
If you or someone you love has suffered from birth injuries due to negligent doctors, please contact the New Jersey birth injury lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. today at 800-346-5529 to get the legal support and advice you need.
Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 at 4:14 pm
Recent studies conducted by the State University of New York in Brooklyn found that a significant number of infants suffer over-radiation by X-rays that are given after birth injuries.
Many doctors perform X-rays on infants who have been injured during birth in order to determine how to treat the injury. However, the study found that many radiation departments are ill-equipped to perform X-rays on infants because they are not able to position the babies correctly. Also, the radiation levels usually exceed what an infant can handle. In one incident, an infant endured 10 seperate X-rays without any shielding.
Complications related to radiation poisoning include cancer, burns, and cataracts.
If your infant has been subjected to an X-ray after suffering a birth injury, please contact the New Jersey birth injury lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A., at 800-346-5529.
Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 9:39 pm
An FDA-approved drug that has been used to treat migraines and epilepsy has now been shown to cause birth defects in babies.
The study done with the drug found that, within the first three months of being in the womb, the babies developed cleft palates and other severe oral defects. It has been reported that only 1.4% of babies exposed to the medicine developed the defects.
Some are arguing that the reason behind the defects is the disorder itself, not the drug. Nevertheless, physicians are now warning soon-to-be mothers to stop their use of the drug.
If your baby has suffered an injury during birth, please contact the New Jersey birth injury lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. at 800-346-5529.
Posted on Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 7:03 pm
A Clarksville, TN woman was awarded $6 million this week, two years after she filed a medical malpractice suit against a Fort Campbell hospital.
The suit alleged that a delayed cesarean section resulted in her daughter suffering brain damage and to develop cerebral palsy.
The woman gave birth to her daughter on March 5, 2008. According to the woman, “The midwife told the doctor she needed to do a C-section, but the doctor told me to continue pushing.” The doctor who performed the surgery was not a normal staff member of the hospital.
The suit was filed in Sept. 2008, when the woman alleged that the delay in performing the C section had deprived her daughter’s brain of oxygen.
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital agreed to pay $6 million to settle the case but has refused to admit liability for the girl’s injuries.
Hospital spokeswoman Laura Boyd stated, “Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s medical team and staff are deeply saddened when unexpected adverse outcomes occur with any medical treatment… We continuously strive to enhance a culture of patient safety and performance improvement.”
If you or someone you love has been affected by poor medical treatment or negligent care, contact the New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys of Levinson and Axlerod by calling 800-346-5529 today.