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$9 million awarded after child suffered severe birth injuries

Delaware mothers who experience high-risk pregnancies may be concerned about the medical care they will receive if any problems develop. In an out-of-state lawsuit, a family whose baby suffered severe neurological birth injuries was awarded $30 million by a jury in civil litigation. The claim related to the injuries of a permanent nature that were suffered by the girl at birth in 2006.

According to the lawsuit, the mother went to the hospital when she experienced decreased movement of the baby in the 28th week of her pregnancy. She was admitted to the hospital for constant observation, and when the infant's heart rate dropped during the following afternoon, the doctor on call was contacted but failed to come to the hospital. Almost four hours later, the baby's heart slowed down considerably for about eight minutes.

A cesarean section was performed, and the infant -- who appeared lifeless -- was resuscitated, but the lack of oxygen and blood flow to her brain resulted in severe brain damage. The plaintiffs claimed that these birth injuries might have been avoided if a cesarean section was performed sooner. As the result of the medical negligence, the girl is unable to talk or walk, she is legally blind and has to be fed through a gastric tube.

Birth injuries can occur when labor is delayed in high-risk pregnancies. Any Delaware family who believes that their child's condition was caused by medical negligence may take legal action against the responsible party or parties. Navigating a medical malpractice lawsuit may be complicated, and, with the guidance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney, a verdict may be obtained that will assist parents in providing the best possible care for the child who was the victim of negligence.

Source:, "Jury awards nearly $30 million to Holyoke family, says doctor's negligence caused baby's permanent brain damage", Buffy Spencer, Feb. 5, 2016

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