Personal injury news reports that a jury has just awarded $18 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The birth injury claim was filed by the parents of a child who now suffers from cerebral palsy. 10 of 12 jurors determined that the hospital's negligent actions caused the birth injury. Where medical professionals fail to provide the accepted standard of care and cause an injury during labor or birth, that is considered medical malpractice and the responsible party needs to be held accountable for their actions. If you or your baby sustained any form of birth injuries, we advise you consult with a Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyer at our firm as soon as possible.
An experienced Los Angeles birth injury attorney can begin an investigation into the facts surrounding your matter and help you determine your next steps.
In this instance, evidence presented at trial demonstrated that hospital staff failed to follow the doctor's directives. This included not intervening when the mother experienced excessive contractions and not stopping or reducing the administration of her Epidural as suggested. These labor and delivery errors led to the child becoming stuck in the mother's birth canal, and experiencing oxygen deprivation. The child now suffers from spastic quadriplegia.
The money from the jury verdict will be used to improve the child's quality of life by providing life long medical care and rehabilitation.
If you believe that your child has suffered a birth injury as the result of medical malpractice, please contact the dedicated Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.