Seventeen years ago twin girls were born at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Staten Island. The twins were born three months early. One child was born healthy; the other suffered a brain injury that resulted in cerebral palsy.
The parents blame the hospital for not listening to the mother when she came to the hospital in labor. According to the parents, they gave her a Benadryl and told her to go home.
The family sued the hospital for medical malpractice alleging that the hospital staff failed to give them the proper care-care that could have prevented this devastating injury to their daughter.
A jury agreed.
The hospital was found guilty of negligence; specifically, the court found that the hospital staff failed to recognize the mother’s contractions in time to prevent pre-term delivery of the twins.
The victim was awarded $17 million in past pain and suffering and $60 million for future pain and suffering. She was also awarded future medical expenses and lost wages. The total verdict is estimated at $103,075,617.82 – the largest verdict in Staten Island’s history.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is often caused by an oxygen deficiency during birth. An oxygen deficiency in a fetus can be caused by many different things including:
- Too much time in the birth canal
- Umbilical cord wraps around a fetus’ neck cutting off the air supply
- Pressure on the umbilical cord disrupts the flow of oxygen
Cerebral Palsy is a permanent injury to the brain that can cause severe developmental disabilities and symptoms. When negligence by a physician or other medical staff is responsible for these problems, an experienced attorney can hold those individuals accountable.
Source: New York Post, “Family of SI cerebral palsy teen wins $100M lawsuit against birth hospital,” Josh Saul, August 25, 2012
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