Parents go to the hospital to have a child because they feel that’s where the mother and child will receive the best possible care. Sadly, in some cases things don’t work out the way they should as the parents of a lovely little boy who struggles every single day with cerebral palsy has discovered. Had it not been for medical malpractice on the hospital staff’s side, the boy would not have suffered the brain injury that has left him permanently disabled. Today the boy thrives, in large part to the settlement his parents got from the hospital after they admitted that the child’s condition was their fault.
During the labor, the parents very clearly made it clear that they wished to have a cesarean section performed in an attempt to spare both the unborn child and the mother with injuries. The reason for this request was made before she even went into labor stemmed from the fact she’d suffered complications during an earlier birth. The hospital denied her wish for frivolous reasons.
When the mother went into labor, her baby was already large, heavier than nine pounds. During the vaginal labor, complications arose and the labor stopped completely, during which time the hospital staff still failed to consider a C-section. Instead of removing the baby, the administered a drug that not only caused her child to suffer additional brain damage, but also caused both her uterus and bladder to rupture. In the end, when the drug failed to make it possible for her to have a vaginal delivery, the hospital staff conceded and performed a C-section.
The high cost associated with caring for a special needs child is what finally forced the parents to take their medical malpractice case to Ireland’s High Court. They requested a settlement of $9.4 million USD which they planned to use to provide their child with the medical and personal care needed to sustain him for the rest of his natural life.
Not only did the Irish High Court award the parents with the settlement they requested, the judge also laid into the defendant, criticizing the fact that the parents were forced to wait so long before getting the settlement they were clearly entitled to. It turned out that it was the second such case the judge had heard that week alone and he was fed up with the medical community’s failure to admit to their mistakes.
The family used the settlement to create a safe environment for their son, who they love despite the severity of his disability.
Medical malpractice is just one of the reasons a child might be born with cerebral palsy. If you feel that a failure of the medical staff in the birthing room is the cause of your child’s disability, you owe it to your child to contact a medical malpractice attorney in Tampa and discuss your options. Without the assistance of the medical malpractice attorney in Tampa it’s unlikely you’ll receive the compensation needed to provide you child with care they require.
The sooner you contact a reputable medical malpractice attorney in Tampa, the sooner the hospital will admit their mistake which might save another young family from going through a similar situation.