A Chicago family was awarded $14 million in a recent birth injury settlement. A boy suffered a severe brain injury during birth as a result of medical malpractice and negligence. The hospital staff members confused his heart rate and his mother’s pulse, and the baby was born not breathing. The emergency staff was not prepared for resuscitation as a result of the monitoring error. The obstetrician and nurse did not realize that the baby was in fetal distress and the seven minute lapse without oxygen resulted in cerebral palsy, leaving his arms and legs paralyzed. The judge approved the settlement, allowing the family to be able to provide for the boy for the rest of his life.
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