When a medical professional or a medical facility acts negligently during the delivery of a child, it can lead to the child in question suffering birth injures. Birth injuries can have major life-long impacts on a child. No child should have to have their life irreversibly altered because a medical professional or medical facility acted improperly.
Recently, a verdict was reached in a birth injury case. The case was from New York. The case involved a girl who was born at a hospital in New York in 2002.
The girl's family claimed that the hospital and its staff committed negligence during the course of the girl's delivery. According to the girl's family, the negligent errors that were allegedly made during the delivery caused the girl to develop cerebral palsy. This condition reportedly has had significant impacts on the girl.
A lawsuit was brought by the girl's family in a court in New York against the hospital in relation to these allegations. A trial was recently held in this case and the jury reached its verdict. The jury ruled in favor of the girl and her family and granted them a large monetary award.
This reportedly was the third trial that was held in this case. The first trial ended with a verdict against the girl and her family, but that verdict was appealed and the appeals court overturned it and ordered a new trial. The second trial ended with a hung jury.
As this matter shows, one step medical negligence victims and their families sometimes take to seek relief for harms caused by medical negligence is bringing a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice cases can have many complicated aspects and what resolutions are ultimately reached in such cases can be very impactful. Thus, if a person/family is pursuing a medical malpractice claim, having strong and experienced representation can be of great importance.
Insurance Journal, "New York Family Awarded $130M in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit," April 19, 2013
New York Post, "This lawyer turned down $8M... and got them $130M," Julia Marsh and Bob Fredericks, April 18, 2013