A family and their injury attorney in the Boston area have settled for a $5 million payment for a birth injury lawsuit. This suit was brought up when the baby, born at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, was born with a severe type of cerebral palsy and other significant injuries.
The family claimed that the hospital did not do enough during the delivery and was guilty of medical negligence as the birth was stressful on the child, and the procedures made it difficult to get the baby oxygen. The lack of oxygen led to the severe brain damage that the child was born with.
The family said that the nurse failed to timely act on the day of the birth on July 11, 2001. There were very clear signs of stress on the child, and the family believes that a cesarean section performed at the time that the stress was shown, would have led to the baby being born healthy. Instead the child came out of the womb lifeless, and it took 32 minutes for the child to begin breathing.
Now the young boy suffers serious challenges and troubles completing necessary daily tasks like walking or eating. He will need assistance and extensive medical services around the clock for the rest of his life. This is why the settlement was so high.
The medical field is changing rapidly and personal injury cases are going to become more common. Doing the right things early and contacting an injury attorney promptly can help avoid a long case that takes 12 years to settle. If you feel as if you have been wrongly injured or are a victim of medical negligence, you should contact an injury attorney to help put you in the right direction to make these faults right.