Most parents want their children to be born perfect. Of course, the meaning of the word "perfect" can vary from person to person. In most cases, parents mean that they want their children born healthy. When it turns out that hospital negligence led to brain damage in their newborn, New Jersey parents can understandably feel dismayed and betrayed.
Two parents in another state filed a lawsuit after experiencing such a harrowing scenario. Reports indicated that the child was born in 2009, and during delivery, nurses and other staff members did not properly address signs of fetal distress, including drops in the baby's heart rate. Doctors also allegedly contributed to the distress by administering medicine to speed up contractions, which further cut off oxygen to the baby.
There was a delay in carrying out an emergency cesarean section delivery, and as a result, the child suffered brain damage. Now, the child has experienced hearing loss, limited vocabulary skills, reduced motor skills and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The family filed the lawsuit in 2014, and a jury recently came to the verdict that the family should be awarded $50.3 million from the defendants.
When a child suffers brain damage before his or her life even fully begins, the parents can be understandably devastated. As this case shows, there is often reason to take legal action against the parties considered at fault in these instances. If New Jersey parents and their children have suffered due to hospital negligence, they may want to gain more information on their legal options and determine whether seeking compensation could suit their circumstances.