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Verdict reached in birth injury case

Recently, a jury reached its decision in a birth injury case from a neighboring state, Indiana.

The case involves a girl who was born in September 2003. The girl's parents alleged that negligence occurred in relation to medical care that was provided in the time leading up to the girl's birth.

According to the girl's parents, the alleged negligence included a failure to act properly during a fetal blood sampling procedure and a failure to deliver the girl in a timely manner when she showed signs of fetal distress.

The girl's parents claimed that this alleged negligence resulted in the girl suffering a significant brain injury and developing cerebral palsy.

In relation to these allegations, the girl's parents brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital and two doctors. As we mentioned above, a verdict was recently reached in this case. The jury ruled against the hospital and one of the doctors and awarded the girl's parents a monetary judgment.

While this case was from another state, the allegations that were made in it illustrate a point that is worth noting here in Illinois. This point is that negligence by hospitals and medical professionals when it comes to pregnancy/birth-related care can result in infants suffering birth injuries. Birth injuries can have lasting impacts on an infant's life and can lead to an infant's parents facing crushing medical expenses.

Thus, it is integral for medical professionals and hospitals to act properly when providing care in relation to a pregnancy or birth.

If a parent suspects that a birth injury his or her child suffered was caused by medical negligence, he or she may wish to consider speaking with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A medical malpractice attorney can help a parent review the circumstances surrounding a birth injury and determine what steps to take moving forward.

Source: Centre Daily Times, "SW Ind. jury sides with couple in malpractice suit," Aug. 27, 2013

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