A verdict was reached in early January 2016 in a medical malpractice suit in Southfield MI, where a C-section was negligently delayed, leading to severe brain damage in the infant.
The C-section, which was done at the Banner-Lasson Hospital at Southfield, resulted in the baby now being blind, suffering from seizures, has to be fed through a stomach tube, and cannot walk, talk or take care of herself.
The medical malpractice suit resulted in a $9.6 million verdict; the high award is due to the fact that the three year has to be cared for 24 hours per day and has a life expectancy into the mid-20s.
The court found that the doctor on the case, Paul Davanis, waited too long to do the C-section when the fetal heart beat dropped. The hospital staff did resuscitate and intubate the infant, and she was sent to another hospital for brain cooling treatment. She was diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
Medical malpractice cases are more common than many people realize, and it is very unfortunate that this child will have no opportunity to live a normal life. Our Virginia and North Carolina birth injury attorneys once represented a child who had shoulder dystocia – a permanent arm injury during the birth process. The claim was filed against a nurse midwife who helped the mother give birth.
The jury awarded the client $2.3 million and $60,000 for reimbursement of medical expenses. Our birth injury attorney fought to obtain as much compensation as he could because the child’s life will never be the same due to the birth injury.