Family awarded $18.5M medical malpractice settlement for boy’s cerebral palsy birth injury

The family of Darius Morgan, who suffered a birth injury which resulted in cerebral palsy (CP), was awarded $18.5 million in a cerebral palsy malpractice lawsuit against Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and an obstetrician.

Medical experts who testified at the malpractice trial said that if Darius’ mother cesarean section had not been delayed, Darius would have been born healthy.

Darius’ mother initiated the obstetrics malpractice lawsuit in 2002 but she died in 2004 of a terminal illness. Her intent with the lawsuit was that her son’s needs be cared for.

The jury deliberated for two days before returning with the verdict.

One study found that the economic cost for people with CP to be at $921,000 including lost income.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by medical malpracticeincluding negligence which resulted in a birth injury.

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Reported by Victoria St. Martin/The Star-Ledger Posted April 30, 2010

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