On behalf of Hastings Law Firm P.C. posted in Hospital Negligence on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

Caring for a child with cerebral palsy is not only emotionally and physically challenging but also financially difficult. Parents in Texas who are trying to cope with providing proper care for a child with cerebral palsy may be interested in a recent medical malpractice lawsuit. A jury in another state awarded $53 million to a mother who claimed hospital negligence in a suit she filed in 2013.

According to the complaint, the mother alleged the nurses and doctors who tended to her pregnancy and the birth of her son failed to take due care. The suit further alleged that the vitals of the mother and her unborn child were not properly monitored, and signs of the unborn baby’s distress were missed. This led to the failure to perform a cesarean section timely, resulting in a birth injury that will affect the remainder of the child’s life as well as his family.

The hospital sympathized with the mother but denied responsibility. It claimed that the boy’s oxygen levels in his blood were normal at the time of his birth, and it contends that an infection unrelated to the birthing process had caused the cerebral palsy. Reportedly, motions for a mistrial are pending, and the judge is yet to enter judgment on the verdict.

Texas residents typically put a lot of trust in the medical facilities in the state. However, if errors occur in circumstances that were within the control of the physicians and medical staff, and consequences could have been avoided, hospital negligence lawsuits may be pursued. However, this is a complicated area of the law, and such lawsuits may be best navigated by skilled medical malpractice attorneys.

Source: beckershospitalreview.com, “UChicago Medical Center to pay $53M in birth injury lawsuit”, Heather Punke, July 1, 2016

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