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Cerebral Palsy Case Results In $100 Million Verdict

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.


A new study, presented in February 2014 at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual Pregnancy Meeting, shows that a variant in SERPINE1, a gene that plays a significant role in blood clotting and inflammation, is likely associated with cerebral palsy and death in early preterm babies.


In February 2014, a San Francisco medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Kaiser ended in a $4.1 million settlement in the woman's favor. The lawsuit alleged that several significant delays in the birth of her great grandson - of whom she is the legal guardian - caused the boy's epilepsy and spastic cerebral palsy.


While most child deliveries go relatively smoothly, complications can arise during the birthing process that result in injury to the child or mother. Birth injuries can occur in any number of ways, but many are a result of birth-related medical malpractice. Some of the most common types of birth injuries include the following:

What Is The Statute Of Limitations On Illinois Birth Injury Lawsuits?

When a child suffers serious birth injuries during labor or delivery, it can be devastating for parents and family members. Worse, many of these injuries appear to be preventable, and occur only as the result of a medical professional's negligence or malpractice.

Birth Injuries Affect Mothers, Too

While most types of birth injuries directly affect the child, an expectant mother is also putting her health at risk during delivery. Rarely, birth-related medical malpractice can result in severe medical consequences for the mother prior to or during the birthing process.

Understanding Erb's Palsy Birth Injuries

Erb's palsy, a type of brachial plexus palsy, is named after William Erb, one of the first physicians to describe the condition. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Erb's palsy affects the brachial plexus, a nerve network located close to the neck. The brachial plexus leads to the arm's nerves, providing feeling and movement for the arm, hand and fingers. Damage typically causes the following problems:

Verdict Reached In Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Case

In Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, a jury recently awarded $4 million to Erin McCarthy and her daughter Chloe, to compensate for medical negligence on the part of McCarthy's obstetrician that caused Chloe to suffer cerebral palsy and other neurological injuries.

Jaundice at birth may lead to serious health consequences for infants

Jaundice is a common condition among newborn babies, resulting from abnormally high levels of bilirubin - a substance created by the body when it replaces red blood cells - in the baby's blood. Neonatal jaundice is the most common condition requiring medical attention in newborns, presenting as yellow coloration in the skin and sclera (whites of the eyes).

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