Legal news reports that a $20 million settlement has just been achieved in a birth injury lawsuit involving a baby that suffered serious brain damage following a hospitalization at a Southern California hospital. According to media reports, as the result of the hospital nursing staff's failure to property monitor a feeding tube, the baby suffered permanent brain damage requiring skilled care for the rest of the child's life.
Unfortunately when medical malpractice occurs – especially those where brain damage occurs - the results are often catastrophic and may lead to permanent disabilities. Brain damage at birth can arise in a variety of different ways. It may be the result of a lack of oxygen to the infant's brain. An infant's brain may be deprived oxygen where doctors and other hospital staff fail to perform a timely C-section, or fail to properly monitor a baby's heart rate. A brain injury may also occur when labor and delivery problems arise or where improper delivery methods are used. While not all brain injuries are preventable, when medical professionals fail to act in accordance with the appropriate standard of care and an injury occurs, their actions may constitute medical negligence and be held responsible for damages. Due to the impact of brain injuries, medical costs over a lifetime may be exorbitant. Filing a lawsuit may help defray the expenses required to provide necessary care to a patient harmed by health care malpractice.
For more information, or if you believe that you or a loved one was harmed as the result of medical malpractice, please contact the trusted Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.