Of course we all like to feel like we are in control of our lives. But there are certain times in life when it’s crucial that we depend on the expertise of others. As a perfect example, when we get sick or need other medical attention, we must rely on hospitals and their medical professionals to treat us.
This is especially true for mothers who depend on doctors and nurses to safely deliver their healthy children into the world. Rarely is there a more tragic occasion than when the medical professionals whom we rely on don’t live up to professional standards and, therefore, cause the wrongful death or serious injuries of a child. Unfortunately, a Pennsylvania family faced this exact tragedy.
According to news reports, a mother who was pregnant with twins relied on the expertise of a northwestern Pennsylvania hospital to deliver her babies in 2006. Only one of the twins came out of the delivery without suffering life-changing and debilitating injuries. With the support of a personal injury attorney, the family filed a medical malpractice suit against the following parties:
Out of the above parties named in the birth injury lawsuit, a jury found only the hospital and its nursing staff liable for the negligence that ended in the severe injury of one of the family’s twins. During the delivery, the injured infant reportedly was deprived of oxygen due to the staff’s negligence. He now suffers from cerebral palsy.
The hospital has been ordered to pay the family a significant amount in damages. Sources indicate that the millions will go toward paying for the Pennsylvania victim’s past and future medical care expenses. Also, the compensation is supposed to replace the earnings that a healthy person could have made during his or her life.
While it is a legal win for this family, they still have to live with knowing that their boy’s medical difficulties could have been prevented if hospital staff had done their jobs like they were supposed to. Even a legal win can’t erase the sadness, disappointment and anger when it comes to that reality.
The Republic: “Jury orders Erie’s Hamot to pay up to $21.6M for botched birth that left boy, now 4, disabled,” Joe Mandak (Associated Press), 21 Apr. 2011