Family recovers $5.25 million in birth injury settlement

In the medical world, birth injuries are not taken lightly. The repercussions of medical negligence in the critical hours of delivery can be life changing. Such harm often creates life-long struggles in a child's life.

For example, The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center is paying a whopping $5.25 million to settle a negligence suit filed by a family after the birth of their son in 2006.

In this national story, the mother was admitted to the medical center on the afternoon of April 28, 2006. The woman was in the budding stages of labor. At the hospital, her son was delivered via emergency cesarean section in the early hours of the following morning.

A court determined that the obstetrician failed to sufficiently conduct the labor. Specifically, the physician took too long to determine whether a c-section was needed. The delayed event resulted in a brain injury to the child.

Moreover, two physicians explained to the court that the drug Pitocin was administered improperly during labor. Pitocin is an inducing drug, which increases the intensity and frequency of uterine contractions. In this case, the medicine decreased the supply of oxygen and blood to the woman's baby, according to the medical experts.

Over the past 17 years, the medical facility has settled 11 medical malpractice cases. These cases have resulted in damages of at least $1 million for each matter, according to data provided by the university. The physician associated with this matter is no longer practicing.

Today, the child is 7 years old and requires assistance. The attorney of the family notes that the child suffered a serious brain injury, which requires constant and continuous care. The good news is that legal recourse is a great way to gain closure and move forward from the trauma. In this case, the mother was pleased with the result of the case. She believes that she received justice through the settlement. Now, the family can focus on their son's future.

Families that have to deal with birth injuries often want to know why such harm occurred. Moreover, they often grapple with the question of finances. It is common to wonder, "How can we support our injured and suffering child?" At the least, parents want answers. Pursuing remedy in the court of law is one way to do this.

If your loved one suffered from a serious birth injury, you may benefit from speaking with a qualified medical negligence attorney about your case.