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Child born in Wayne County jail receives birth injury settlement

Nobody who is expecting a child likes to think about this, but there are a number of things that can lead to birth injuries. Fortunately, most of the time pregnant women are in good hands with competent doctors at Michigan's hospitals and birthing centers. When medical professionals do make mistakes, however, the consequences can be very serious.

Last month a birth injury lawsuit was settled in Wayne County that illustrates just how critical it is that proper medical care is provided during birth.

That case involved a serious birth injury that took place in 1998, when the mother was forced to give birth in jail. The woman was in jail when she went into labor, and she was brought to a hospital but was returned to the jail just a couple of hours later. Back in jail, the woman's labor pains became much worse but the guards reportedly did not respond to her, even though inmates tried to help get the guards attention by screaming.

As a result, the baby was born in jail and lacked critical oxygen during birth. The child suffered brain damage due to the lack of the oxygen and is severely impaired.

Wayne County has agreed to give the now 14-year-old girl an $8 million settlement.

Those who are injured at birth often face very substantial obstacles for the rest of their lives, with their medical expenses alone possibly reaching into the millions of dollars. Birth injury and medical malpractice lawsuits are possible so that families who are touched by birth injuries can hold the negligent medical professionals accountable as well as obtain compensation for medical expenses, and the other costs necessary to provide the child with adequate care and the best possible quality of life.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuit over birth with lack-of-oxygen at Wayne County jail settled for $8M," Dec. 13, 2012

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