Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Results in $9.5 Million Settlement

A cerebral palsy birth injury lawsuit was settled for $9.5 million against Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois, Dr. Jae Eun Han and Mary Traub, a midwife for negligence in the botched birth of Patrick O’Came who suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of brain injuries suffering during the birthing process. The lawsuit also alleged that the midwife was allowed to perform the delivery alone even though a doctor’s availability is required. When the birth experienced complications and the fetal heart rate dropped, the midwife performed a risky procedure rather than summoning a physician for help. The baby’s umbilical cord was compressed, depriving the child of oxygen for the last 15 minutes of the delivery. As a result, Patrick O’Came was born with cerebral palsy and suffered debilitating and permanent developmental disorders.
Cerebral palsy is often a result of medical malpractice during the delivery process resulting in neurological damage, seizures, loss of motor function, and cognitive limitations.