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Family Awarded $18 Million in Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Case

NJ.com is reporting that a family has been awarded an 18.5 million medical malpractice verdict against a hospital and an obstetrician. The medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that he doctors were not quick enough to perform an emergency C-Section on the boy in 1998. This then resulted in birth delay which caused the victim’s cerebral palsy. Medical experts testified that if this baby had been delivered just eight minutes earlier, he would not have been inflicted with cerebral palsy. This small timeframe resulted in a medical error that is going to change this young boy’s life forever.

The boy’s mother also had a legal suit against the doctor and hospital, but unfortunately she died from unrelated causes six years ago. The medical malpractice lawsuit will help take care of the victim for the rest of his life. His new adopted mother is pleased with the medical malpractice verdict. The jury deliberated for two days before handing down the verdict. The boy is now 12 years old. He will need extra care to help with his cerebral palsy.

When physicians fail to perform c-sections in a timely manner, birth injuries can occur. One possible birth injury is cerebral palsy, which the person will suffer from for life. Cerebral Palsy is an encompassing term that groups disorders that appear during the first few years of a baby’s life. It affects a child’s muscle systems and leaves them either weak and floppy or rigid and stiff. If your child is a victim of cerebral palsy, please consult a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer.