A medical center has been found to be liable for causing a birth injury that led to the development of cerebral palsy in a boy that still affects him today. With the help of a Pennsylvania birth injury lawyer, the mother of the child has been awarded settlement of more than $21 million.
According to GoErie.com, Tina Graham was awarded the money from Erie, PA-based Hamot Medical Center following a birth injury lawsuit that had claimed doctors acted improperly during the birth of Tina’s son Ja’Kareon in November 2006.
While in the hospital and ready to give birth, Tina and Ja’Kareon’s vital signs were not properly monitored by the nursing staff on hand. As a result, Ja’Kareon suffered lack of oxygen and shifted into the breach position during delivery, forcing the doctor and midwife to perform an emergency C-section birth that delivered Ja’Kareon, but not before he had developed cerebral palsy.
Even today, nearly five years later, Ja’Kareon still depends on nursing care, is fed through a tube, and cannot speak intelligibly.
Following the birth injury case that ensued, the jury found that doctors at the medical center were 100 percent negligent for the birth injury and had not acting appropriately once there were signs of distress. Pennsylvania birth injury lawyers defending the Grahams stated in court record that “all defendants completely failed to timely recognize and react to non-reassuring signs,” the news site reported.
Graham was awarded $21,573,993.10 – nearly five times the amount of what had been the largest jury award in a civil case in Erie County – with more than $19 million of it intended for Ja’Kareon’s future medical expenses. The remaining $1.9 million will be used to cover previous medical expenses and lost earning capacity.
If you or a loved one have given birth to a child who suffered a birth injury and is now living with cerebral palsy, the hospital may have not acted properly during the delivery and be at fault. Speak with a Pennsylvania cerebral palsy lawyer at American Law Partners today to learn more about your legal options and see if moving forward with a birth injury lawsuit is a possibility.