When medical professionals are negligent in any way in the delivery room, that negligence can result in devastating congenital disabilities that can cause a lifetime of disability. When a child is deprived of oxygen during birth, cerebral palsy can result. Passaic County residents struggling with a child’s preventable birth injuries may be interested in the recent story of a Philadelphia-area hospital, which recently was ordered to pay $55 million to the estate of a 4-year-old boy with cerebral palsy they believe was caused by hospital negligence.
The couple claims that doctors and hospital staff ignored warning signs that their son was not receiving enough oxygen during his birth in 2009. In a civil trial that lasted for two weeks, the couple and their attorney argued that the birth was handled negligently. The birth was complicated, with the infant becoming stuck in the birth canal. His oxygen deprivation was reported to have directly caused his severe developmental delays.