Parents in North Carolina and elsewhere who are preparing to welcome a child into the world may rely on medical professionals to take every measure necessary to safeguard the health of the child. Should any complications arise during childbirth, the way doctors handle the situation could hold significant sway over the outcome thereof. A family in another state was recently awarded a judgment of just over $97 million after negligence during childbirth left their son with permanent brain damage.
According to reports, the family claims that the incident began while the child’s mother was under the care of medical professionals. The lawsuit states that during this time, staff members became aware of signs that indicated that a cesarean section was necessary. However, her doctor chose not to take this path and measures taken during delivery caused the child to suffer permanent harm.
Reports indicate that the doctor tried to use forceps to deliver the child and proceeded to fracture his skull in the process. The lawsuit states that this also caused the child to suffer from oxygen deprivation and left him with permanent brain damage. The family says that their son will require constant medical care for the rest of his life, and they were reportedly awarded a substantial monetary judgment during recent legal proceedings.
Children who suffer permanent brain damage at birth may encounter various hardships in life, and parents who encounter similar issues may be left in search of answers, or even justice. When such injuries stem from the negligent behavior of medical professionals, a parent in North Carolina might benefit from reaching out to an attorney for advice on the next steps to take. An attorney can evaluate the incident, along with a child’s injuries and financial needs, and assist a client in preparing to seek the full amount of compensation deserved through a claim against all parties deemed responsible.