Boy Awarded $9 Million After Birth Injury Leads to Cerebral Palsy

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The family of a 6-year-old Wisconsin boy who suffered a catastrophic birth injury back in 2012 has agreed to a settlement with the family practitioner who is being blamed for his cerebral palsy. The physician agreed to pay the family $9 million to compensate for the boy’s extensive medical bills and future care needs, as well as for lost earnings and the pain and suffering that he and his family have endured.

The birth injury leading to the child’s cerebral palsy was a result of the administration of a powerful labor-inducing drug. The physician, who had provided all of the mother’s prenatal care, had been concerned about the mother’s hypertension, and as a result prescribed a drug called Cytotec which can be administered either orally or vaginally.

Though the drug is equally effective regardless of how it is used, the two applications require different dosing. Unfortunately, the physician gave the patient the medication vaginally, but at the higher dosage that would have been appropriate had it been taken orally. The patient’s contractions were excessive and resulted in fetal distress.

Multiple Mistakes Led to Child’s Birth Injury

The birth injury to the boy was likely caused by the improper dosage of the labor-inducing medication, but was then exacerbated by the fact that after it was administered, the physician stopped monitoring the fetus as the labor progressed. That led to a failure to order a C-section in time to prevent further fetal distress had tragic results.

The boy is completely unable to care for himself, or even to communicate to his family. The damage that he suffered was catastrophic, and will never be able to live independently, to feed himself or provide for any of his own needs. The $9 million settlement will provide care for him for the rest of his life.

Author: Terri Oppenheimer

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