Couple awarded $55 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

Although births happen nearly every day in Philadelphia, it is said that no two labors or deliveries are the same. Every labor progresses differently, but doctors should be aware of the warning signs of fetal distress. If these signs are ignored, serious problems can occur for both the baby and mother.

This was the case for a mother who delivered her baby on November 4, 2009. Due to problems during delivery, the boy suffers from cerebral palsy and is severely developmentally delayed. He also has problems with walking and talking and is not yet potty trained.

The parents of the baby filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor and St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill saying that the baby should have been delivered via cesarean section because he was too big for his petite mother to deliver vaginally.

During the delivery, the baby became stuck in the birth canal and lost vital amounts of oxygen. He was born with less than normal muscle tone, was pale and not breathing normally. He also had bleeding on his brain and showed signs of seizure-like activity.

The jury in the lawsuit recently sided with the family and awarded them $55 million.

Medical malpractice cases can be especially devastating when children are involved. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a mishandled labor and delivery that led to health problems for you or your baby, you may wish to speak with an attorney. Doing so may ensure that you are properly compensated.

Source: The Morning Call, “Lehigh County jury awards family $55 million in medical malpractice case against St. Luke’s,” Kevin Amerman, Dec. 23, 2013

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