A woman and her daughter have been awarded $18.2 million in a medical malpractice case due to a birth injury the daughter received 10 years ago reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The U.S. District Judge, Lynn S. Adelman, awarded the woman and her child $21 million in 2006 and the federal government has now agreed to pay $18.2 to avoid an appeal of the original suit.
The woman sued the government because of the lack of care she was given at a federally funded medical clinic for the poor. The woman, who had a history of high-risk pregnancies, was not seen by an obstetrician or a specialist during her pregnancy. When she delivered, she was not attended to by a physician for more than 12 hours during delivery at the former Sinai-Samaritan Hospital. The baby was deprived of oxygen during birth and has severe brain damage. Her medical expenses are expected to be more than $12 million.
This information was brought to you by Washington Injury Attorney, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent families who have undergone the trauma of a child born with a birth injury. Birth injuries often seen in negligence cases include hypoxia which is a caused by a deprivation of oxygen. Other injuries include cortical blindness, mental retardation and learning disabilities. While no amount of financial compensation can ameliorate the pain and suffering of having a child that has a birth injury due to negligence during the birth process, it can provide support for families who have enormous medical and educational expenses because of their child’s disability.
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