Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Verdict
A Pennsylvania birth injury lawsuit has resulted in a $182.7 million verdict. The largest-ever birth injury verdict in Pennsylvania has increased awareness of what is often a preventable injury.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a neurologic disability that affects muscle control, tone, and development. Specific types of damage to the brain can cause irreparable harm in the early stages of a baby’s life.
While cerebral palsy is not a progressive disorder, no treatment can repair this damage to the brain. A child with cerebral palsy will always live with the effects of this disability.
Birth Injuries That Cause Cerebral Palsy
Several factors can cause cerebral palsy. The way healthcare providers treat difficult or traumatic childbirth can cause cerebral palsy. Specific injuries during the birthing process are a direct cause of this disability. These injuries include:
- oxygen deprivation
- c-section delays
- head trauma
At least 20% of cerebral palsy cases are directly attributed to labor and delivery events. This means 1 out of 5 cases of cerebral palsy could be prevented with better care in the delivery room.
Pennsylvania Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Verdict
A Pennsylvania birth injury lawsuit ended with a $182.7 million verdict. A Philadelphia jury determined the medical team at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was responsible for injuries that caused cerebral palsy in a baby delivered in 2018.
In the delivery room, the healthcare team delayed a needed c-section. The delay caused oxygen deprivation injuries that resulted in cerebral palsy.
The breakdown of the $182.7 million cerebral palsy verdict is as follows:
- $101 million for lifetime care costs
- $1.7 million for future earnings losses
- $80 million in other damages
Birth Injury Law Firm
Haggerty Silverman & Justice is a trusted injury law firm helping people in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. If you have questions about or are seeking help with a birth injury case, contact us today for a free consultation.