Expecting parents are always concerned something will go wrong with a child’s birth and do everything they can to give their baby the best possible start in life. A large majority of births in Illinois happen without a hitch, but serious injury can happen in the complicated process of delivery.
One common concern among parents and obstetricians is the possibility of oxygen deprivation during the crucial first moments of life. Complications such as cerebral palsy and other permanent forms of brain damage may result from a child not getting enough oxygen in his or her first breaths.
A jury in Chicago recently awarded $50 million to the family of a boy facing permanent disability after a problematic birth at a facility run by an Evanston-based health system. The suit alleged that clinicians did not do enough to prevent the baby’s lack of oxygen, which has led to the underdevelopment of the brain and other vital organs.
The operative part of the suit revolves around a drug administered to the mother that kept the two in a dangerous situation. Nine years later, the boy has a limited vocabulary and trouble completing basic tasks. The plaintiffs turned down a $10 million settlement offer from the health system before letting a jury make a decision.
The parents and families of children who suffered birth injuries have the right to recover as quickly and completely as possible. This may involve a lawsuit for financial damages. An attorney may be the best ally that a family has to move on from the consequences of a doctor’s negligence or error.