Ohio Family Recovers Millions Following Traumatic Birth Injury

A medical center in Cleveland, Ohio, was recently found to be liable for medical malpractice in a recent birth injury case. In this particular matter, a baby experienced a brain injury while under the care of the particular medical facility.

The case began when a family was expecting. The child was delivered at the facility; however, it may have contracted an infection from the placenta. The baby suffered from oxygen depletion, which affected her brain. The attending physician at the hospital did not resuscitate the baby sufficiently. The child is now three and suffers from severe disabilities, including the inability to feed. She uses a tube and will need medical assistance for the rest of her life.

In assessing the medical negligence, a key issue at trial was evidence surrounding the infant's APGAR score, which is taken within a few minutes of a child's birth. This test assesses a child's overall medical condition after birth. The name of the test derives from an anesthesiologist, who created the scoring system to decipher the affects of anesthesia on infants. In assessing a child's post-birth condition, the test examines and infant's pulse, pulse, grimace, respiration and activity.

In this case, the infant was not breathing at birth; however, she had a pulse. Unfortunately, the treating nurse did not notify neonatal resuscitation professionals regarding the condition of the baby in time to prevent permanent injury to the infant's brain . To top things off, evidence at the trial suggested that perhaps the hospital had changed the APGAR score to make it appear as though the facility was not responsible for the injury.

Ultimately, the court ruled the matter as an incident of medical malpractice. The medical center was ordered to $8.5 million in damages.

Birth Injuries And Medical Malpractice

The birth of a child is supposed to be an incredible, life-changing moment. However, if medical professionals are inattentive and careless, permanent or temporary injuries can ensue during the delivery of a child. When medical malpractice or negligence in prenatal or postnatal care occurs, children suffer serious consequences. This is an extremely vulnerable time in an infant's life.

If your child becomes a victim of inadequate birth care, you do have options. A medical malpractice suit may assist with the financial needs of your child. Your loved one may need rehabilitation, custodial care and other forms of medical aid. Furthermore, as a family, you should be compensated for your pain and suffering, as well as additional losses. To learn more about your possibilities for recovery, speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney in your area.