In Staten Island, New York, the family of a teen born with cerebral palsy resulting from a premature birth was awarded $100 million in a lawsuit filed against St. Vincent's Medical Center, the hospital where the teenager and her twin sister were born.
Stephanie Debes and her twin sister, Amanda, were both born three months premature. While Amanda suffered no serious injuries resulting from the early birth, Stephanie sustained a brain injury that caused her to develop cerebral palsy. In an interview, Stephanie explained that while she hasn't been able to live the life of a normal teenager, she hopes her award will help her attain more freedom to do what she'd like in life.
Some details of the ruling include the following:
- A Supreme Court jury in Staten Island determined that hospital staffers had acted negligently when they did not recognize the mother's pre-term labor contractions and failed to take action to prevent premature delivery.
- The jury found that St. Vincent's was liable for $60 million in future pain and suffering and $17 million in past pain and suffering.
- The award also includes more than $23 million in payment for lost wages and future medical expenses, bringing the total to more than $100 million.
This astounding award is seen as a major victory for victims of cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence. If your child is suffering from a birth injury that resulted from a medical care practitioner's carelessness, negligence or oversight, you have a right to take legal action against the parties responsible. Contact a Chicago birth injury attorney at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices to discuss the details of your case and review your options for pursuing fair compensation.