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Arizona personal injury: $53 million birth injury verdict

In another state, a mother and her 12-year-old son were recently awarded $53 million in a successfully litigated birth injury case. The jury agreed that negligence of hospital staff during the labor and delivery process led to the child suffering serious personal injury, which will require he receive special care for the rest of his life. For parents in Arizona whose children have suffered due to medical errors made during labor and delivery, this case is one that may be of interest.

In 2013, a case was filed against UChicago Medical Center by the mother of a young man who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after his birth. According to the plaintiff, she alleges that hospital staff failed to carefully monitor the progress of her labor, identify that the baby was in distress and perform a necessary cesarean section in a timely manner. This, she believes, resulted in her son sustaining brain damage.

The hospital, despite this verdict, still denies any wrongdoing. A spokeswoman for the facility claims that the child had normal oxygen levels when he was born and that any injury occurred before the child's mother was admitted to the hospital for labor and delivery. The hospital is still fighting this case.

When a newborn suffers a personal injury during or after the labor and delivery process, it is normal for parents to question the actions of medical providers. In some cases, medical negligence is responsible. Parents in Arizona who believe that their children are the victims of medical malpractice may have legal recourse. Claims may be filed in civil court against the health care providers and facilities that are believed to be responsible for any resulting damages.

Source: beckershospitalreview.com, "UChicago Medical Center to pay $53M in birth injury lawsuit", Heather Punke, July 1, 2016

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