Jurors Find Hospital Liable for Birth Injuries

Jurors in a birth injury medical malpractice trial in Kentucky ordered a local community hospital to pay the family of a young boy $18.27 million for injuries he sustained that will adversely affect him for the remainder of his life. T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow Kentucky has agreed to pay $17.5 million to the boy and his mother to compensate the family for medical expense and other losses. The two sides agreed on the reduced settlement after the hospital vowed not to appeal the verdict. The jury found that the hospital was negligent and liable for the birth injuries that resulted in the young boy being born with spastic quadriplegia, which is a form of cerebral palsy. This type of cerebral palsy is the most severe form of the disorder. The cause has been established as widespread brain damage or significant brain malformations. Although the specifics of this particular child’s challenges were not disclosed, most children with spastic quadriplegia are never able to walk. They typically have trouble speaking and being understood, and they often have a moderate to severe intellectual disability. Additionally, children with this form of cerebral palsy tend to display a floppy neck and severe stiffness in the limbs. They often suffer from frequent seizures that are particularly difficult to manage.