In 2002, a New York jury awarded Brad and Maureen Brenner $80 million to care for their child who was prematurely born with cerebral palsy 12 years ago. It is still one of the biggest awards on record in New York. The jury found malpractice on the parts of Doctors Steven Kline and Ira Spector for failing to recognize the signs of premature delivery, for Dr. Klein not showing up to the hospital for more than two hours after the mother arrived in labor, and for failing to treat her with drugs to delay delivery and stabilize the newborn’s internal organs.
Birth injuries are injuries the baby suffers because of complications during labor and delivery. The list of things that went wrong in the Brenner’s case is not exclusive. These injuries commonly include:
Medical error is a common cause of birth injuries. Errors include failing to respond promptly to various complications such as:
Medical error can also occur after the birth, if for example medical personnel fail to stem an infection in time. Whenever the error occurs, these are complex and emotional cases. If you have a child that you suspect sustained avoidable birth injuries, then hiring an attorney can help you recover the money owed to you to care for your child in the long term.