When a medical professional or hospital acts negligently when providing care in connection to the birth of a child, it can result in the child suffering birth injuries. Birth injuries can have significant impacts on a child’s life. Thus, it is very important for medical professionals and hospitals to act properly when providing care in connection to a child birth.
Recently, a settlement has been reached in a birth injury case from Illinois. The case involves a girl who reportedly was born at an Illinois hospital in August of 2002.
The girl’s grandparents (who are also the girl’s legal guardians) alleged that doctors and nursing staff at the hospital provided negligent care in connection to the girl’s birth. Specifically, the grandparents claimed that the doctors and nursing staff negligently failed to properly respond to signs of fetal distress that allegedly arose prior to the girl’s birth.
According to the girl’s grandparents, this alleged negligence caused the girl to suffer brain damage.
In 2009, the girl’s grandparents filed a lawsuit against the hospital in connection to these allegations. A settlement was recently reached in regards to this lawsuit. According to the Southtown Star article which reported this story, as part of this settlement, the girl’s grandparents will be given a large monetary payment.
No child should have to suffer birth injuries because a hospital or medical professional acted negligently. Thus, one hopes that medical professionals and hospitals make sure to avoid committing negligence like that which was alleged in this case when providing care in connection to the birth of a child.
Source: The Southtown Star, “Advocate agrees to $7.5M malpractice award,” Mike Nolan, Dec. 2, 2011