The day that a New Jersey mom finds out she is expecting a baby is usually an exciting day. Phone calls are made to share the good news, and plans for the nursery are discussed. Throughout the pregnancy, the baby's parents can't help but imagine what their child will be like as he or she grows up, what sports he or she will play, what his or her favorite food will be and even what he or she will be when grown. The possibility of the baby being born with brain damage is usually not something that the parents contemplate.
Approximately 12 years ago, a baby boy was born in another state. Records indicate that the mother had a fairly normal pregnancy; however, when she arrived at the hospital to deliver the baby, things began to go wrong. Based upon evidence that the patient and her unborn child were not properly monitored, a cesarean section was not performed in a timely manner. After that and a multitude of other issues, the baby was born with brain damage causing cerebral palsy.
A jury has recently agreed with the boy's mother and found that the hospital was at fault for the child's brain damage. As a part of its findings, the jury has awarded the mother $53 million. Recognizing that this child will require a lifetime of care, this award includes $28.8 for expenses that he will require for his future care.
The majority of New Jersey parents will never face a situation in which they must live with the devastation of a child being born with brain damage as the result of medical error. Unfortunately, this devastation will be reality for some. When this happens, the family impacted will most likely find that they need assistance in determining and seeking the resources they will need to make the best of the situation and have the resources to take care of the child in the short- and long-term.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Jury Hits U. of C. Hospital with $53 Million Malpractice Verdict", Becky Yerak, June 30, 2016