Five years ago, an expecting mother arrived at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The doctors informed her that her blood pressure was dangerously high due to preeclampsia and that her baby would suffer brain damage. The 16-year-old mother decided to forgo a C-section, and her baby subsequently experienced brain damage resulting in cerebral palsy. Two weeks ago, a Baltimore jury awarded the mother and her daughter $229.6 million in damages, one of the highest medical malpractice verdicts granted in the U.S.
Determining Medical Malpractice
The safest option for the mother and her child would have been a C-section delivery, but the doctors told the mother that it would possibly lead to brain injury or death. The mother chose to forgo the C-section, and her baby was born two days later, with no heartbeat. The jury heard the evidence over two weeks and concluded that doctors at Bayview Medical Center violated the standards of care.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy (CP) vary from child to child. There are four main types of CP, ranging from low to high mobility. In this particular scenario, the child suffered severe CP and needs the assistance of a feeding tube. She may never be able to walk and she requires round-the-clock care by knowledgeable nurses. The family hopes to use the awards to pay for the child’s care throughout the early and later stages of her life.
Not every birth injury is considered medical malpractice, but many incidents could be prevented with capable medical care. If you believe that a medical professional’s wrongdoing caused your child’s birth injury, you may be entitled to damages in Maryland. Speak with an experienced birth injury attorney to determine if you could recover economic and non-economic damages.
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