Having a child should be one of the most joyous days in parents' lives. However, when something goes wrong during delivery, that joyous day can turn into a nightmare. When a newborn suffers brain damage due to the negligent actions of a doctor or other medical staff, the child can suffer for the rest of his or her life, and parents can shoulder a considerable number of challenges.
New Jersey residents may be interested in one couple who faced such a situation. Reports stated that the couple filed a lawsuit against the doctor who delivered their child due to his improperly using forceps during the delivery. The woman stated that the doctor nearly pulled her off the hospital bed when attempting to use the forceps to help deliver the child. As a result, the baby's skull was fractured, and he suffered brain damage.
The family won their malpractice suit, and the judge awarded them $32.9 million. The U.S. Attorney's Office had initially filed a motion to appeal the decision, but the appeal request was recently withdrawn. The appeal was filed in order to allow the offices to determine whether the ruling should stand, and after review, they chose not to pursue further legal action.
When an infant suffers brain damage during delivery, it can be a devastating experience for parents. Because such injuries can have life-long impacts, seeking compensation for the resulting damages is often warranted when negligence contributed to the injuries. If New Jersey residents believe that their children suffered such injuries due to the actions or inaction of medical staff, they may wish to explore their legal options.
Source: pennlive.com, "Feds drop appeal of $32.9M medical malpractice verdict over baby's 'catastrophic' brain damage", Matt Miller, Feb. 2, 2018