A California judge has approved a $5.75 million settlement in favor of a 4-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. The child got $1.75 million up front and another $4 million in future payments to help pay for his medical and assistive care as well as future lost earnings over the rest of his life. The boys’ parents also have been awarded $250,000 to waive any future wrongful death claims in the event their son’s death is caused by his condition.
The family alleged that the child suffered severe and permanent brain injury as a result of a lack of oxygen to his brain during his birth. Specifically, the family alleged that the boy’s fetal monitor strip showed severe distress during labor but that the doctors ignored or didn’t recognize or realize it.
My name is Andrew Slutkin. As an experienced Baltimore, Maryland medical malpractice lawyer, I have successfully handled a number of medical malpractice cases involving birth injuries causing cerebral palsy. These cases are always tragedies as they involve a lifetime of challenges because of a medical mistake. Traditional medical insurance typically does not pay for the care these individuals need, so these cases help provide the necessary therapy and care. To see some of the cases I have handled, click here.