Jury Awards Family $10 Million in an Ambulance Birth

A jury has awarded a medical malpractice victim $10 million. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the jury found the ambulance service at fault for the victim’s son’s premature birth injuries incurred in the ambulance. The medical malpractice trial lasted two-weeks. The jury decided that the company was negligent for transporting the woman when she gave birth to her son en route to the hospital. The boy is now six.

At the time of the birth he weighed 1.7 pounds and suffered a lack of oxygen to the brain. This left the boy suffering from cerebral palsy. While no amount of money will make up for the damage that her son has occurred, the victim is pleased with the outcome. The original medical malpractice lawsuit also included the hospitals and doctors. All of these defendants settled with the plaintiff for a total of $1.4 million last year. The medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that the victim first went to a medical center suffering from pain and premature labor. The emergency room physician believed that she should stay and be treated at the hospital, but an ambulance was called to transport her to another hospital. The boy was born about 15 minutes into the trip but had trouble breathing. CPR needed to be performed.

Cerebral Palsy, which involves lack of motor function, can result as a result of medical negligence. If your child has cerebral palsy, please contact a Chicago medical malpractice attorney. To read more about this specific medical malpractice trial, please click the link.

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