Large Sum Awarded in Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Case
A settlement case in Great Britain awarded a 12-year-old boy 8 million pounds, or almost 13 million U.S. dollars, after a birth injury left him with the muscle condition known as cerebral palsy.
The allegations behind the birth injury settlement
During delivery Nathan was starved of oxygen, which lawyers argued could have been caught if the hospital staff were properly monitoring Nathan’s heartbeat and his mother’s blood pressure. The result of the medical miss is that Nathan will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, and require extensive care needs.
Nathan’s family sought negligence compensation from the hospital, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, fighting for a settlement for almost a decade. The money won will be distributed over Nathan’s lifetime, helping to pay for the treatments and therapies needed.
Connection between birth trauma and CP
Cerebral palsy is a condition that is not curable, but can be eased with therapies, especially early in life. These treatments are expensive, and children with cerebral palsy require almost constant care depending on the severity of the case. Nathan’s mother quit her job in order to care for him full time and see he got the best treatments possible.
Treatments can help, but not cure
While the treatments can have a positive effect on a patient, sometimes helping children to learn to stand on their own, or even walk with and without assistance, they do require large sums of money. If families are able to afford the best care, they often turn to orthopedists, specialists who are trailed with bone-muscle-tendon issues. There are also often many surgeries involved to correct muscle muscles that are too tight and cause stiff and jerky movements.
Another treatment that benefits sufferers of cerebral palsy is working with an occupational therapist. For children attending school, or adults at work, an occupational therapist can assist patients in learning how to function better in everyday life.
These therapies and treatments add up, and if cerebral palsy was caused by a preventable hospital error, patients should contact a lawyer to learn about a possible settlement.