Sometimes, one of the main causes of a birth injury is the medical staff’s failure to monitor the fetus’s heart rate during labor. Patients rely on their medical physicians to properly care for their child as they face strenuous labor. Recently, the brain injury attorneys of Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC won a case that involved heart rate negligence at birth. What’s more, On January 8th, the New Jersey state court awarded a large sum settlement of 8 million dollars to their client who had their child receive a severe injury at birth (due to heart rate negligence).
The client was a 6-year-old child who developed cerebral palsy, disfigurement, incontinence and mental retardation from brain damage that could have been prevented at birth. The medical staff had failed to notice a dramatic change in the baby’s heart rate. As hours went by during labor, the baby was deprived of oxygen to his brain because staff did not continuously monitor the heart rate, which would have displayed that something was wrong. Monitoring the baby’s heart rate is a standard medical practice that should have been conducted.
The mother of the child expressed her gratitude to her attorneys, Dr. Zev T. Gershon and Robin R. Smith who represented her case. The settlement will be able to provide proper care for the rest of the child’s life. The child remains medically stable and is expected to live a normal lifespan. Birth injury attorney Dr. Gershon hopes that the success of the settlement will be an example to health care providers of what the consequences could be when it comes to the failure of following standard medical practices.
If you believe you may be a victim of medical malpractice, contact the law firm today for a free consultation.