A Connecticut family as been award a record-breaking medical malpractice verdict - $58 million – on behalf of their eight-year-old son. Daniel D’Attilo has cerebral palsy because of brain damage resulting from a delayed delivery. As described by a family representative, “He is profoundly, profoundly disabled and the parents have gone through hell.”
Generally birth injuries - such as brain damage – occur when blood does not flow adequately during labor and delivery. Doctors and nurses need to take immediate action to increase a baby’s oxygen supply. The failure to act quickly, such as by performing an immediate cesarean section, may lead to life long injuries for the baby. The parties responsible for the harm may be guilty of medical malpractice.
Here, the lawsuit alleged that although the mother’s amniotic fluid dropped by half, her physician waited days to perform a Cesarean section. Further, when the C-section was performed, it was done incorrectly. As a result of the birth errors, Daniel is unable to speak, eat or walk, and suffers from seizures.