Child Born with Cerebral Palsy and Permanent Disability after Labor Induction, $12.1M Award
July 26, 2013 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
A jury in Hawaii has awarded $12.1 million in damages to the family of a child who was born severely disabled as a result of reduced blood flow to her brain during labor and delivery, states an July 20, 2013, article published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The jury said that the physician who delivered the baby was responsible for 35% of the award. The plaintiff mother was given drugs intended to induce labor, which caused strong contractions that allegedly pressed on the umbilical cord, cutting off oxygen to her child’s brain. The plaintiff’s attorney claimed that the child suffered a cardiac arrest and that it took 26 minutes to deliver the infant, who was born with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. Now nine years old, the child has required around-the-clock care since she was born.