Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Yields $78.5 Million Verdict

A Philadelphia Common Pleas jury awarded the family of a child born with cerebral palsy $78.5 million. The verdict was awarded after the jury found that used faulty diagnostic procedures during a birthing procedure that contributed to the child being born with cerebral palsy.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “the jury concluded that Pottstown Memorial Medical Center was negligent in failing to properly diagnose the medical condition of a womanwho arrived at the hospital in August 2008 with signs of complications that caused her unborn child to be deprived of oxygen. The physician handling the case initially concluded that the baby already had died after performing an ultrasound. When the ultrasound was performed again a short time later by other hospital staff, a fetal heartbeat was detected, and an emergency cesarean section conducted.”