The Baltimore City jury awarded the Norfleets $18 million for their son’s future medical expenses, $2 million for lost potential wages, and $1 million for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. Unfortunately, Maryland has a cap in place for non-economic damages, which will reduce the total award to about $20.63 million. Officials at Harbor Hospital have stated that they intend to appeal the jury verdict, suggesting that the evidence provided did not support the jury’s decision.
Cerebral palsy is a devastating birth injury caused by brain damage that can occur before, during, or shortly after birth. If a baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen during this time, it can result in irreversible damage that leaves the child with long-term problems like developmental problems, loss of motor function and other life-long disabilities. Although cerebral palsy can occur without a medical error, if proper standards of medical care could have prevented the child’s brain from being oxygen-deprived, cerebral palsy lawsuits are often filed to pursue compensation for the injured child.
The verdict in the Norfleet case comes on the heels of a similar case tried in Baltimore City, which resulted in a $55 million award against Johns Hopkins, believed to be the largest award for medical malpractice in the history of Maryland courts. In that case, the parents of Enzo Martinez alleged that their son suffered severe brain damage during a two-hour delay before an emergency C-section was conducted. Unfortunately, the reward will be reduced to $26 million per the Maryland cap on damages. If your child has suffered a major birth injury, like cerebral palsy, because of a medical error, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney for legal help.