One of the more traumatic types of birth injuries is when the baby is deprived of oxygen during labor and delivery. This can result in various complications, including cerebral palsy in severe cases.
That was the case in a recent medical malpractice lawsuit, in which a Long Island family received a settlement of $130 million. This is one of the highest amounts to be awarded in the state of New York.
It stemmed from the delivery of their baby in 2002 at the St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. A deviation from the acceptable standard of practice was allegedly to blame for the baby’s lack of oxygen. The family’s daughter needs assistance with swallowing, walking, speaking and writing.
Birth Injuries That Result in Cerebral Palsy
Some examples of negligence that could lead to a lack of oxygen, causing cerebral palsy or other health problems include:
- failing to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord (cord becomes trapped when it drops through the cervix ahead of the baby);
- failing to treat a maternal infection;
- failure to perform a cesarean section when medically necessary; and
- inappropriate monitoring of fetal heart rate during the labor and delivery process.
Not every diagnosis of cerebral palsy means a healthcare provider is responsible. But if there is evidence that negligence contributed to the condition or was the direct cause, then the family may be entitled to pursue a claim against the negligent healthcare professional.
Cases of cerebral palsy can result in significant medical bills to provide care. When facing significant medical bills that could be long-term or last a lifetime, it may be a good idea to seek legal counsel. The law firm of Gacovino, Lake & Associates might be able to assist.