Delayed Delivery Causes Permanent Neurological Injury

A federal judge has ordered the government to pay $4 million of a birth injury settlement involving Temple University Hospital. An obstetrician there (employed by the federal government) waited three hours to see his patient, who arrived at the hospital at 37 weeks pregnant and was experiencing decreased fetal movement. The delay resulted in an emergency Caesarean section for the delivery.

The doctor in question has been accused on medical malpractice. The baby was born with permanent neurological injuries, including global development delay, visual impairment, dysphagia, seizure disorder, spasticity, quadriplegic pattern cerebral palsy and microcephaly. The parents of the baby initially demanded $100 million in damages when filing suit against the hospital. Temple University Hospital decided to settle rather than take the fight to the courtroom. The $8 million figure encompasses the costs of the baby’s lifelong care.

The judge found that the government and Temple University Hospital shared equal liability in the case, and demanded they split the settlement.

While no amount of money can make up for the doctor’s negligence, the parents will now spare no expense in making their child’s life as comfortable as possible. They can seek out the best treatment, the most knowledgeable experts and provide the best life they can for their child. Following such dramatic birth injuries like these, the family will do their best to move forward, and the settlement will indeed help them do so. When the negligence of hospitals and doctors result in these kinds of lifelong injuries, they owe it to the family to provide compensation.

*Our firm did not handle this case. Please also understand that all cases are different and the results of one case cannot be used as an indication of what our firm may obtain for a similar case.

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