Tuesday, 20 of March of 2018

Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Negligence Results in $29M Verdict for Family

The government, which operated the health center where the newborn suffered his brain injury, had appealed the initial judgment.

By John Cooper, Birth Injury Attorney in Virginia

A Gurnee, Illinois (IL), family whose son developed cerebral palsy shortly after being born in 2003 will receive $29 million in a medical negligence verdict against the government-run health center whose doctors and nurses mistreated the newborn’s blood infection. As the Chicago Sun-Times reported on September 3, 2011, the judgment had to be upheld by a federal appeals court after the government argued the facility it controlled and the health care practitioners it employed could not be held liable for causing the infant’s brain injuries because his parents had waited longer than 2 years to file a personal injury lawsuit.

The boy, the newspaper notes, is now a “spastic quadriplegic” who “requires a lot of care.”

This video from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine describes the causes, symptoms and lifelong complications of cerebral palsy. While watching the cerebral palsy overview, keep in mind that the brain injuries and infections a child suffers in the womb or during delivery can often be attributed to medical negligence or malpractice. Also keep in mind that children born with CP often require a lifetime of specialized health care to help them live well despite suffering movement disorders, mental impairments and  physical disabilities.

As a Virginia Beach, VA-based medical malpractice lawyer whose colleagues often represent distraught parents in birth injury cases, I congratulate Illinois attorney Patrick Salvi II for helping this family receive the monetary compensation they surely deserved — and will need to keep their son as healthy and happy as possible. I’m also glad that the courts recognized that it was more important to provide for the child’s care than to observe an unjust statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims.


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