The parents of a 6-year-old boy with cerebral palsy have filed a lawsuit against the birthing hospital and staff members, claiming that the mishandling of the boy's birth caused him permanent brain damage.
Parents of a baby born with cerebral palsy are often unsure what caused their child to suffer the condition. Sometimes the cause is unknown or unclear, but in other cases - such as the one below - it is obvious that medical negligence caused cerebral palsy.
A baby's birth should be a time of celebration, but in some tragic cases, the very act of birth causes serious injury to the newborn. Causes for birth injuries range from environmental situations to medical errors. In a court decision issued on Friday, Dec. 20, a judge ordered the federal government to make good on a settlement totaling over $28 million in a medical-related birth injury case.
Ohio residents may be shocked to know that a recent ruling from a Philadelphia jury decided against Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceutical unit in a lawsuit that claimed the drug Topamax, a seizure medication, caused birth injuries to unborn children. According to the report, the company must now pay $4.02 million for the lawsuit.
A New York jury recently delivered one of the largest medical malpractice damage awards ever in the Empire State. After a complicated trial, jurors believed that a Long Island, N.Y., girl and her family deserved $130 million for the birth injuries she suffered in 2002.
The first results of a two-year perinatal safety initiative shows that better hospital practices can sharply reduce many preventable birth injuries. By finding that hospitals can avoid as many as 30 percent of these injuries, the study shows that Ohio can make big progress in the near future. Given the potentially severe consequences of birth injuries, there is no excuse for failing to implement similar strategies at hospitals around the country.