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Parents say doctor's preoccupation led to birth injury

Parents of a 16-year-old boy who suffers from cerebral palsy are in the middle of a third trial against the physician who delivered their son in 1998. The lawsuit they filed claims that the doctor's negligent actions caused their son's birth injury from which he can never recover. In Michigan and all other states, recompense for damages may be sought in a civil court when a medical professional has committed an error or acted wrongfully, resulting in an injury to a patient.

Settlement reached after baby suffers birth injury

When a couple has a baby, they have high hopes that the baby will be born healthy and taken care of properly by hospital staff. When this fails to happen, the child can easily suffer a tragic birth injury. A settlement has been reached in one recent Michigan suit filed against a hospital after the facility reportedly made an error that caused a baby to suffer brain damage.

Michigan OB-GYN error causes infant permanent injury

When an expecting mother makes her way into the delivery room, there is no way to prepare her fully for the adventure that is about to begin. Whether nature takes its course or medical intervention is required, the hours spent in that room are life-changing for parents and babies alike. No one can deny that something so beautiful can become incredibly horrifying in a single breath, and when an infant sustains an injury due to an OB-GYN error, there is no way to take it back.

Birth injury caused by negligence leads to $32.8 million award

Despite the multi-million dollar awards associated with birth delivery cases over the past few decades, new cases of tragic disabilities due to botched birth deliveries continue to be reported. The most recent catastrophic birth injury is not in Michigan but in a state with similar medical malpractice laws and procedures. A jury in that state awarded $32.8 million to a young girl who was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Family awarded $55 million for son's permanent birth injury

Bringing a new baby into the world is supposed to be a joyful and exciting time for Michigan parents. However, when something goes wrong during the birth, that joy can quickly turn bittersweet if the child sustains a permanent injury. In a recent out-of-state case, a jury awarded a family $55 million for their claim against St. Luke's University Hospital and the doctor in the delivery room. The plaintiffs allege that the doctor's mistakes caused their son to be disabled from a birth injury.

U.S. has high rate of first-day deaths for newborns

When Michigan residents hear about birth injuries in the news, they are often surprised that such things happen in U.S. hospitals. While medical care in our country is very advanced, birth injuries and medical mistakes do happen here. In fact, a recent study found that the U.S. is actually worse for newborns than almost 70 other countries. The U.S. has the highest first-day mortality rate of any industrialized country, according to the report released by the Save the Children organization.

Nerve damage during birth is often preventable

When expectant parents worry about birth injuries, they often think of things like cerebral palsy and shoulder dystocia. While many people are aware that there may be a risk of a baby suffering those injuries at birth, there are a number of other birth injuries that could happen as well. A fairly common type of birth injury that many Michigan residents are less aware of is brachial plexus.

Mother of infant who died filed malpractice lawsuit for answers

When children are born with low birth weights in Michigan, a risk of serious complications exists. Fortunately, due to advancements in medical care, this risk is much lower than it once was and the survival rate is about 96 percent. Infants do still succumb to complications associated with low birth weights in some cases, although this can sometimes be prevented by a timely diagnosis of certain conditions and effective treatment.

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.

Can antidepressants lead to birth defects?

Birth defects or injuries can happen for a number of reasons, and sometimes they can be avoided. For example, sometimes a serious birth injury may occur because a physician fails to properly monitor the mother or the hospital is not equipped to meet the standard of care necessary for labor and delivery. The mother's health during pregnancy is also often linked to birth injuries or defects.

  • $4,391,000: Judgment entered on Oakland County jury verdict, 2008. A Michigan man suffered traumatic brain injuries in a motor vehicle accident, which caused a permanent seizure disorder. View More results
  • $2,536,454: Verdict for no-fault benefits for client severely injured in motor vehicle accident. 2012.
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  • $2,360,000: Jury verdict for serious electric shock injuries sustained by client in a construction accident in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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  • $1,400,000: Verdict for no-fault benefits due to a traumatically brain injured client, in this Washtenaw County action against Allstate Insurance Company. View More results
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