Birth Injury Suits May Cost Government Over $20 Million
The United States may be responsible for paying over $20 million in damages in two recently decided birth injury cases.
In one case, a court awarded $10.2 million to the parents of a three-year-old boy who died after suffering a seizure. The child suffered severe brain damage during birth at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
In another, unrelated case, a court awarded $11 million to the family of a girl who developed cerebral palsy due to oxygen deprivation during birth at the Tripler Army Medical Hospital. Among other things, the court found that the child was injured because labor room staff neglected to timely remove the child’s umbilical cord from around her neck, causing irreparable brain damage. The girl’s injuries were so severe that she is unable to walk, eat or use the restroom without assistance. She cannot speak and suffers from a number of mental, physical and developmental delays.
Unfortunately, these sorts of tragic injuries are all too common. Even worse, many of them are preventable.
Symptoms of Birth Injuries
If you suspect that your child has developed cerebral palsy after childbirth, look for some of these common symptoms:
- Sensory impairments
- Cognitive limitations
Aside from cerebral palsy, other birth injuries may occur due to a doctor’s negligence. These include:
- Erb’s palsy
- Brain damage
- Facial paralysis
- Complications from a C-section, vacuum delivery or forceps
If your child is suffering from the effects of cerebral palsy or another birth injury, speak to an attorney in your area who is experienced at handling these difficult cases. If a doctor or nurse was negligent in the care and birth of your child, an attorney can help you seek the compensation you deserve.