The majority of New Jersey babies are born in a local hospital. Their parents want it this way because they feel certain that this is the safest place for the baby to enter the world. Doctors and nurses are present, and the appropriate monitors and equipment are available. All of this is in place to allow for the newborn to be properly cared for as he or she is born. Of course, this is assuming that both people and machines do their jobs properly so as to avoid the possibility of the baby suffering brain damage during the birth process.
Unfortunately, there are times when equipment, people or both fail to work properly. Recently, a jury awarded over $11 million to a family whose son was born with brain damage and now suffers from cerebral palsy. The jury awarded damages to the family to assist with future medical care as well as daily care.
Records indicate that the hospital staff did not correctly read the fetal monitor. Additionally, other factors in the birth process were not accurately read or reported to the attending physician. As a result, the baby was not breathing at the time it was born. This lack of oxygen caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage.
New Jersey families look forward to the birth of their newborn. They often visit the hospital prior to the birth so that they are familiar with where the joyous occasion will take place. However, every once in a while, the joyous occasion quickly turns into one filled with tears and heartbreak. If the child is born with brain damage as the result of an error in the delivery or medical care, the family will want to seek legal remedies to aid with the long term financial and medical expenses that are sure to come.
Source: dailycall.com, "Jury awards $11.75 million in damages", Oct. 7, 2016