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Doctor, hospital liable for $55 million after botched childbirth

Childbirth is supposed to be simple; it's supposed to be routine; and it's supposed to be the happiest moment of a family's life. These are blanket statements, and of course things could go wrong -- but they're just not supposed to. However, sometimes the doctors and nurses on hand simply fail to uphold the most basic standards of medical care, forever change the life of the baby and the family.

That was the case for one young boy and his family after his birth was botched by doctors at a hospital. Despite signs that a Caesarean section procedure was necessary for the wellbeing of the boy and the mother, doctors maintained their course. As a result, the boy was deprived oxygen during birth and her mother began hemorrhaging. As a result, an emergency surgery was necessary, but it was too late. The boy suffered serious brain damage and now lives with cerebral palsy and developmental issues.

The family sued the doctor and the hospital for their shoddy care, and a recent verdict to the tune of $55 million shows just how much damage this botched procedure did to the family. As part of their ruling, the jury said the hospital and the doctor were each 50 percent liable.

While this is a staggering amount of money, remember that medical malpractice cases (and, really, any civil cases) may be reduced due to state caps on civil lawsuit awards. There is also the possibility of the amount being reduced upon appeal by the defendants. 

Source: The Express-Times, "Jury awards family $55 million for boy's injuries at birth at St. Luke's University Hospital," Dec. 24, 2013

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