In Pennsylvania, residents aren’t always in a position to help themselves when they are sick. Common people don’t often have the knowledge or the expertise to make informed medical decisions in a time of crisis. Therefore, people rely on the helping hand of skilled doctors and nurses. This is especially true during the birth of a child.
These medical professionals have years of schooling and education that allows them to make decisions in a timely manner to help their patients. However, all too often, doctors and nurses fail to live up to these expectations and people get hurt.
Recently in Pennsylvania a 4-year-old girl has been awarded $32.8 million in a medical malpractice suit. According to reports, when the girl’s mother was in labor with the girl, a heart monitor showed dangerous declarations in her heart rate known as a bradycardia.
However, two nurses in the hospital who were supposed to be monitoring the mother and the child, failed to report these decelerations to a doctor in a timely manner. As a result, the girl suffered serious brain damage and now suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. This award will help this girl and her family pay for the medical treatments she will need to live as healthy and as normal of a life as possible and compensate her for the loss of potential earning capacity she would have had if the injury had no occurred.
Medical malpractice – including birth injuries – can be a scary situation and people may not know where to turn when their trust in doctors had been violated. However, victims of negligent nursing staff, doctors or hospitals should know that they have legal rights that can help put them on the road to recovery.
Source: Philadelphia Business Journal, “4-year-old awarded $32.8M in medical malpractice suit,” John George, Jan. 23, 2014