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$23.2 Million Awarded In Birth Injury

Published February 13, 2010 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The West Central Tribune reports a Kandiyohi County (Minnesota) jury has found Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers negligent, and awarded $23.2 million to a Paynesville family and their severely handicapped daughter.

Deprived of oxygen during her birth, the girl suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, cortical impairment, neurological difficulties and seizures. Even though the jury did find for the defendants on the issue that the mother was informed of the risks of inducing labor and of vaginal delivery, they found the Medical Centers 80% accountable and 20% to the city-owned hospital.

The award includes $1.7 million for past health care expenses, $10 million for future health care expenses, $10 million for past and future pain, disability and emotional distress, and $1.5 million for loss of earning capacity.

During labor and delivery, medical complications can result in birth injuries. Experience counts. If your infant has suffered a birth injury and you suspect those injuries were caused by medical negligence, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, at 1-800-825-5529 or visit our web site. Our offices are located in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester, Syracuse, and Watertown, N.Y. There is no case-review cost.

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