Most parents in Virginia and elsewhere can understand how it feels to wait for the birth of their baby and wonder if the process will be smooth and all will end well. Unfortunately, since a number of complications can arise, some people endure a difficult time, and some birth experiences end tragically. Such was the case for a mother in a different state who, recently, was awarded $101 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital at which her brain-damaged son was born.
The woman gave birth at the hospital in 2014. Reportedly, during labor, she had informed staff that she was concerned as she could not feel the baby move. Apparently, she also underwent an ultrasound that indicated the baby had not moved for six hours, but according to the plaintiff’s attorneys, the hospital’s medical staff ignored the ultrasound results.
The baby was born severely brain damaged, and now, at 5 years old, he cannot speak, walk or sit up on his own. According to experts who testified during the trial, the damage would have been prevented if the woman had undergone a cesarean section. The jury awarded the plaintiff $101 million. However, prior to the jury’s decision, the two parties mutually agreed to cap an award at $50 million. In return, the defendant will not appeal the case.
Certainly, anyone would agree that this case has a tragic ending, regardless of the monetary award. However, many Virginia residents who feel they have suffered emotionally and financially due to the negligent behavior of medical professionals seek compensation, as this woman did. A knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney can review individual case details and provide legal guidance on how best to proceed. Many victims have found a successfully litigated lawsuit provided some comfort and helped to ease the financial strain they experienced following such a situation.