Jury Rules Against Hospital in Birth Injury Case

It can be a very serious matter when a medical professional or medical facility commits negligence while providing care in relation to a pregnancy or birth. Such negligence can sometimes result in infants suffering harmful birth injuries, such as brain injuries.

Recently, a jury reached its verdict in a case that involved allegations of the above-mentioned type of negligence. The case was from New York.

The case involved a New York hospital that went bankrupt in 2010. Reportedly, 17 years ago, a woman was receiving pregnancy-related care at the hospital and gave birth prematurely to twin girls.

It was alleged that the hospital and its staff acted negligently in connection the above-mentioned pregnancy-related care and premature birth and that this negligence resulted in one of the twin girls sustaining a brain injury. The girl reportedly developed cerebral palsy as a result of this brain injury.

The girl’s family brought a lawsuit in a court in New York against the hospital in connection to these allegations. A trial was held on this matter and the jury in this case recently reached its decision. The jury ruled against the hospital and awarded the girl and her family a monetary judgment.

No infant should have to suffer birth injuries because a medical professional or medical facility acted negligently. Thus, one hopes that all medical professionals and medical facilities make sure to not commit negligence like that which was alleged in the above-discussed case. One also hopes that medical professionals are held accountable when they act negligently in connection to pregnancy-related care or birth-related care and such negligence results in an infant suffering harm.

Source: The New York Post, “Family of SI cerebral palsy teen wins $100M lawsuit against birth hospital,” Josh Saul, Aug. 25, 2012

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