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Federal government to pay for birth injury

The federal government and three obstetricians are responsible for brain injuries inflicted upon a child during his birth in July 2009, according to a recent court judgment for the parents of boy injured at birth. The boy suffered injuries during delivery, as he was oxygen-deprived for 40 minutes prior to his birth and 10 minutes after he was delivered. An investigation into the matter revealed that the child's heart rate and respiratory flow was severely diminished after he was delivered at a Midwestern hospital. The child had to be resuscitated after he was born.

North Carolina patients and others have the option to seek federal compensation for such injuries under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The woman in this case should have received a timely Caesarean section surgery before the child's injuries became so severe; she suffered serious distress during her time at the hospital, according to the suit.

Official reports show that the child's family will receive more than $3 million for lost future earnings, along with about $15 million for the boy's future care. Past medical expenses, pain and suffering and a variety of other claims were also considered, resulting in a judgment of more than $28 million altogether. The conduct of three board-certified obstetricians was called into question in connection with the birth injury incident. Ultimately, it was determined that those obstetricians acted negligently during the delivery, causing the child's ongoing medical problems.

Victims whose children have suffered injuries during delivery deserve financial compensation to pay for ongoing medical treatment. Those medical costs can quickly skyrocket for those diagnosed with a brain injury and other serious conditions. This large judgment will provide for the child's continued quality care, which he deserves because of the physicians' negligence. Victims who have questions about this type of injury claim may benefit from contacting a qualified personal injury attorney in North Carolina, who can help them learn more about their legal rights and options.

Source: Courthouse New Service, "$28 Million Medical Judgment Against USA" Joe Harris, Dec. 23, 2013

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