Having a child is one of the most joy-filled days of many individuals' lives. Unfortunately, if the child suffers brain damage during birth, the parents may feel an overwhelming sense of despair. If the injuries resulted due to serious mistakes or other negligence on the part of hospital staff, the parents may have cause to file a medical malpractice claim.
New Jersey residents may be interested in a case that recently took place in another state. Reports stated that a child who is now 5 years old suffered brain damage at the time of his birth due to the use of forceps. The damage has resulted in the boy not having the ability to effectively communicate, and he is also prone to aggressive emotional outbursts.
Additionally, the child needs constant care and supervision, and the judge presiding over the case stated that the child will likely need to live in a care facility when he reaches adulthood. The boy's parents filed a lawsuit against the federal government due to the incident occurring at a federally funded facility. The judge recently awarded the family $42 million in compensation.
Brain damage can have a wide array of effects, and when a child suffers such injuries at the time of birth, the likelihood of serious impacts may increase. If New Jersey parents have gone through similar situations, they may wish to find out more information on their options for pursuing compensation. Speaking with experienced attorneys could allow them to better understand whether pursuing medical malpractice claims could be in their best interests.
Source: pennlive.com, "Judge awards parents $42M in federal malpractice lawsuit", Eric Veronikis, April 20, 2017