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Cerebral Palsy: Family Awarded $14.5 Million Following Botched Delivery

A Pennsylvania jury recently awarded a family $14.5 million following a botched delivery that allegedly resulted in a cerebral palsy diagnosis for a child. According to the Legal Intelligencer, a federal jury awarded a couple the damages in January. The medical malpractice lawsuit claimed that the mother of the child was admitted to Clearfield Hospital in 2012, and that doctors failed to notice that her dilation and contractions had been progressing. The lawsuit claimed that the mother was administered Pitocin to accelerate the birthing process, but was given an inappropriate dose of the medication. It claimed that after it was administered, the child’s heart rate slowed down to about 60 beats per minute. The mother was allegedly given the drug for the rest of the delivery. Eventually, the baby’s head began to crown, which the lawsuit claims should have led to a delivery. However, the doctor involved allegedly failed to…
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Botched Water Birth Lawsuit Settled for $13 Million

According to the Oregonian, the parents of a child who was deprived of oxygen for 15 minutes after his botched water birth have settled a lawsuit against their medical provider for $13 million. The news outlet reported the parents settled their birth injury lawsuit with Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, resulting in the largest payout in at least a decade for a birth malpractice case in the state. The child, now 4, is nonverbal and cannot walk. He uses a cart to get around. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which severely limits his motor skills.  The parents involved in the lawsuit could not comment on the case with the media, citing a confidentiality agreement, but the Oregonian reported that the case was dismissed in March following the settlement. Court documents indicate that the parents went to the medical center, planning to give birth to the child underwater, with representatives saying…
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Maternity Wards Spend One Fifth of Their Budgets Covering Birth Injury Claims

According to a report in The Telegraph, nearly £500 million, or one fifth of the budget, of maternity units in the United Kingdom was spent on covering birth injury claims. In the same report, it was revealed that more than half of maternity units had a shortage of physicians and there is shortage of close to 2,300 midwives nationwide. However, these types of problems are not limited to the UK. In the United States, on December 23, a Lehigh County, Pennsylvania jury awarded $55 million to parents who sued St. Luke’s University Hospital and one of its doctors for medical malpractice, according to The Express-Times. During the November 2009 delivery of their son, the parents accused the doctor of ignoring signs that their son was not receiving enough oxygen and required a Caesarean section delivery, which led to their son losing more oxygen when he became stuck during vaginal delivery….
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