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Oregon family seeks $40 million in cerebral palsy lawsuit

The parents of a six-year-old Oregon boy with cerebral palsy recently filed a lawsuit against Silverton Hospital, two clinics and three physicians for malpractice and medical negligence.

The lawsuit alleges that the boy, Maverick Ramseyer, developed normally throughout his mother's pregnancy, but was injured during the birthing process. Consider the following details of the case:

  • Elizabeth Ramseyer entered the hospital on December 11, 2007, and because she was 15 days overdue, was given drugs to induce labor.
  • After 11 hours, she was told to start pushing, though Maverick's head was not correctly positioned at the cervix.
  • For about six minutes, Maverick's heart rate dipped below 60 beats per minute, according to the lawsuit.
  • The obstetrician decided to deliver by emergency Caesarean section.
  • Maverick was born having inhaled some of his own fecal matter - a somewhat common occurrence for babies who are in distress in utero - and was unable to breathe when he was delivered around 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 12th. The nursing staff and a family physician used a face mask and oxygen bag to resuscitate him before clearing his airway of fecal matter (meconium).
  • While a mobile team from Oregon Health and Science University were on the way, the family physician removed Maverick's endotracheal tube for approximately 45 minutes.
  • After Maverick was transported to OHSU's neonatal intensive care unit, his mother and father learned that he had suffered brain damage resulting from oxygen deprivation.

At the age of two, Maverick was officially diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Now, at the age of six, his body movement and coordination is significantly hindered, and he will likely have to wear a brace on his right leg for the rest of his life. The Ramseyers' lawsuit alleges that the delivery doctor's and staff's perceived inaction caused Maverick to suffer serious birth-related complications.

Cerebral palsy is just one of many birth injuries that may occur when a healthcare provider acts negligently. To learn more about taking legal action in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois after a serious birth injury, contact an attorney at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices.

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