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Jury awards $18 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

Expectant parents in Tennessee know of the joy and anxiety that come with the impending birth of a new child. Although the time is exciting, there are many things that could go wrong, which can result in serious consequences for both the baby and the mother. One out-of-state woman claims that medical malpractice resulted in serious injury to her son. A jury recently agreed with her.

The woman was induced in 2007. While the lawsuit says a doctor left standing orders for her care, she says her prolonged labor resulted in lack of oxygen for her baby. She additionally claims that an order to turn off her epidural in an attempt to aid delivery was not followed. This prolonged delivery even more.

As a result, the woman’s son now suffers from cerebral palsy. A representative for the woman claims that, while the hospital had proper procedures in place, the nurses were not properly trained nor were they qualified to work in maternal medicine. The jury in her case recently awarded her $18 million to provide for her son’s care for the rest of his life, as well as to provide compensation for his future lost earnings and pain and suffering.

It is always difficult for parents to cope with an injured or sick child. It is even more difficult knowing that a child’s medical issues are the result of a hospital’s negligence or medical malpractice. Those who are in a situation similar to that of the woman in this case also have the option of seeking financial relief in a Tennessee civil court. By doing so, monetary damages may be awarded to help cope with the financial ramifications of such negligence, while an action may also prevent others from having to go through the same experience in the future.