Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of an injured family member can feel wrong sometimes. It can feel like you only care about what you can get and for many, it also feels like you do not love your family member just as they are. These feelings can prevent people who have been legitimately wronged from pursuing legal action against the entities responsible for the injury.
Brain injuries are particularly devastating, causing lifelong medical issues and tremendous amounts of stress for the entire family. One family knows all about the devastation of brain injuries. Three years ago, a baby girl developed severe brain injuries during birth resulting in the inability to ever perform the daily actions most people take for granted.
Some of the medical issues the little girl suffers due to her brain injury include occasional seizures, blindness and the inability to talk and to care for herself. She is fed by way of a feeding tube located in her stomach and will require lifelong care.
Reportedly, the child suffered her brain injury because of delays in performing a cesarean section, even though it was evident that the infant was in distress and a vaginal delivery was not possible. A judge has awarded the child damages totaling $9.6 million and the mother won an additional $250,000 for emotional stress she suffered during the baby's delivery.
For those who still have doubts about seeking damages from medical malpractice, consider the following. The money the child has been awarded can ensure that she will have the quality care she needs throughout her entire life. Additionally, her mother will never have to worry about the child's care, even if she passes away before her daughter. If you are still hesitant to seek a medical malpractice lawsuit, you should discuss your doubts with a North Carolina attorney to develop a clear picture about how these lawsuits work.
Source: The Tribune, "Judge awards $9.6M to child in medical malpractice case," Associated Press, Nov. 02, 2015