$15 Million Awarded to Family in Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit

Cerebral Palsy Jury Award

Written by Faith Anderson on September 11, 2013
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$15 Million Awarded to Family in Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit

A cerebral palsy birth injury suit has been decided in favor of the family, resulting in a $15 million jury award for damages.

An Indiana jury has awarded $15 million to the family of a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy, ruling that a doctor and local hospital’s negligence is what caused the child to suffer serious, long-term injury during delivery. The verdict was handed down following a 10-day trial for the medical malpractice complaint brought by Jamie and Crystal Bobbitt, on behalf of their daughter, Juliann. According to allegations raised during the trial, the doctor, Mureena Turnquest-Wells, failed to diagnose fetal distress during Juliann’s 2003 delivery at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana. If you believe your child has been adversely affected by a medical error or hospital mistake, contact a medical malpractice attorney in your area to explore your possible compensation options.

Medical Errors May Have Caused Birth Injury

In their complaint, the Bobbitt family alleged that the Indiana hospital was understaffed at the time of Juliann’s birth, resulting in a number of problems, including a botched fetal blood sample, failure to provide continuous ultrasound guidance, and multiple failed attempts to insert a needle into Juliann’s umbilical cord. The family also claimed that, had Dr. Turnquest-Wells properly diagnosed the fetal distress and sped up the delivery process, Juliann’s cerebral palsy injuries could have been prevented or lessened.

Adverse Effects of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that can occur before, during or shortly after delivery if a baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen for a period of time. The condition can cause irreversible damage and is typically characterized by a loss of motor functions, developmental problems and other life-long disabilities. According to the Bobbitt family, as a result of suffering cerebral palsy during delivery, Juliann requires a feeding tube and is restricted to a wheelchair. She is also receives continuous nursing care and is unable to speak. Although cerebral palsy can sometimes be diagnosed even without a medical mistake occurring, when the exercise of proper standards of medical care could have prevented the birth injury, cerebral palsy lawsuits are often filed by affected families to pursue compensation for the child’s injuries, pain and suffering and medical expenses.

Contact an Attorney in Your Area…

In the Bobbitt’s case, the jury determined that Juliann needed the $15 million award to cover the cost of a lifetime of medical care, although their actual reward may be limited under Indiana’s caps on damages in medical malpractice suits. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy or another devastating birth injury that you believe was the result of a medical error, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed at the hands of drug manufacturers, insurance companies and negligent medical professionals, and can help you get in touch with a knowledgeable attorney in your area. With an experienced lawyer on your side, you can seek fair and timely reimbursement for your child’s injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Source: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2013/aug/26/st-marys-lawsuit/[/box]

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