A jury recently reached a $53 million verdict in a Chicago birth injury case. This is a medical malpractice case against the University of Chicago arising out of a birth injury. This is a type of case that is brought when obstetricians, nurses, and the folks at the hospital responsible for the well being of mom and baby are negligent in their care during labor and delivery. As a result of the negligence, the plaintiff usually has to prove that the baby suffered an injury.
These injuries can vary, but usually include some from of brain injury. The most common type is a cerebral palsy caused by global brain damage known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. This type of brain injury accompanies life long deficits for both family and child because of developmental delays. Often, these babies will need multiple types of care providers throughout their lives.
This Chicago birth injury case arises out of a 2004 labor and delivery at a University of Chicago Hospital. Like many birth injury cases, this one involves the doctors and nurses delay in reading a fetal monitor and delay in providing a c-section to prevent permanent brain damage to the child.
As a result of the medical malpractice, the child (now 12 years old) cannot walk, form complete sentences and has significant developmental delays.
A Northwestern University law and business professor Bernard Black, said about this case, to the Cook County Record: “Having a good lawyer helps. You want to go to a specialist if you’re going to bring a medical malpractice case. They’re hard to win. Doctors tend to be sympathetic defendants. What we know about medical malpractice, from the best available research, is that the chances of losing a good case are substantially higher than the chances of winning a bad case.”
If you feel that you have been injured by medical malpractice, you should contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible.