Two nurses were recently found negligent for improperly failing to alert a pregnant woman's doctor about a drastic change in her baby's heart rate during labor. A Common Pleas Court jury's awarded $32.8 million to the now four-year-old girl who suffers from brain damage and spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy due to the nurses' delay in delivery. Shortly after the victim's mother was admitted to the hospital, the victim's heart rate dropped significantly, from about 150 beats per minute to 60 beats per minute. Despite the two nurses noticing an indication on the fetal heart monitors that the victim was suffering from a life-threatening heart deceleration, they failed to notify the doctor. The victim wasn't delivered until almost an hour later and now suffers from many physical limitations, including spasms in her legs and arms and difficultly speaking, walking and controlling her neck.
This $32.8 million dollar award has been among the largest amounts ever awarded in Philadelphia. Included in the jury award was more than $31 million for future medical expenses, $1 million for past and future non-economic damages and $800,000 for future lost earning capacity. The high award amount was meant to ensure that the victim's medical needs would be taken care of as she grows older, giving her the best care and recovery that she will need. Contact with health care professionals is a necessary part of our society and almost always beneficiary. However, providers are human and mistakes can be made. Even the most careful health care professionals can make a mistake that injures a patient. However, not all medical mistakes rise to the level of malpractice. The skilled medical malpractice attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will help you if you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice attorneys continue to set the standard for representation of difficult cases. If you have a medical malpractice issue, contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 to schedule a no-obligation meeting with a medical malpractice attorney.
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