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Infant brain damage can devastate New Jersey parents

New Jersey residents may be interested in a medical malpractice case in another state that recently reached a verdict. Reports stated that the case was filed by the parents of a now 5-year-old girl who suffered brain damage at birth. The lawsuit was filed against at least one doctor and the hospital where the child was born. 

During the delivery, complications arose as a considerable amount of bleeding occurred and the infant's heart rate could not be detected. As a result, a cesarean section was performed in order to deliver the baby. The child spent several weeks in intensive care due to blood loss and delayed transfusion after her birth. She suffered brain damage as an outcome of these issues.

Now, the young girl suffers from cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other medical conditions. She also needs continued therapy and constant care. The ruling in the family's case awarded them $23.1 million and found one doctor guilty of negligence. Though the hospital itself was not found directly negligent, the facility is still liable for about $21 million of the awarded damages.

Learning that their child has suffered brain damage at birth can be the most distressing moment in parents' lives. Knowing the lasting effects such an issue can have could lead New Jersey parents to consider seeking compensation for any wrongdoing that may have contributed to the injury. As this case shows, successful medical malpractice claims could help families gain monetary restitution that could be used for the continued care of their injured children. Therefore, interested parties may wish to gain more information on this legal option from knowledgeable attorneys.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "$23.1M malpractice verdict for family of Tinley Park girl who suffered brain damage at birth", Mike Nolan, May 11, 2017

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