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$4 million payout awarded to injured mother and child

Birth is sometimes a struggle, but an injury caused by a doctor's negligence can make it even more difficult to bear in the long term. Franklin readers may be interested to hear that this case of birth injuries has ended in a payout for a 4-year-old child and her mother. According to the news, the pair was injured during childbirth, which has led to the child's brain injuries and cerebral palsy. The mother's injuries were not discussed in the release.

On Sept. 11, a report about an Allentown doctor being found negligent was released. According to the report, the man failed to perform a cesarean section when the mother's labor stalled during her 2009 delivery. A cesarean, more regularly known as a C-section, is normally used when a mother or child may be injured due to a stalled labor or other problems associated with birthing.

The Lehigh County jury found that the obstetrician's negligence had caused permanent injuries to both the mother and child, which resulted in the award of $4 million in the suit. According to the article, the child, now four, suffers from mild cerebral palsy and neurological injuries. These injuries were believed to be due to the fact that the doctor refused to complete a C-section and continued with a natural delivery, even though it was not in the pair's best interest.

Giving birth to a child should be a happy occasion, but when negligence and medical malpractice leads to injuries for you or your child, you may not know where to turn. With the right legal representation, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and the injuries your child has sustained, like in this case. Make sure you understand that you have a right to proper medical care, and when you don't receive it, you have a right to make that known.


Source: 
The Morning Call, "Lehigh County jury awards $4 million in birth injury suit" Peter Hall, Sep. 11, 2013

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