Birth Injuries from Medical Malpractice Can Create a Lifetime of Financial
and Emotional Challenges for Victims and Their Families
"What most people fail to understand with a severe birth injury is
how much the medical costs will be for a family to care for their child.
If their child has cerebral palsy for example, this can cost upwards of
millions of dollars for the proper care and treatment." - Dr. Bruce Fagel.
In the past decade or so the amount of money needed to care for a child
suffering from injuries sustained by neglect and malpractice during childbirth
is rising at an astronomical level. The mental distress associated with
caring for a child bearing disabilities whether physical or mental is
also seldom taken into consideration by those who cause the pain due to
neglect. A major condition caused by delivery neglect is Cerebral Palsy.
“Cerebral palsy may be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain,
birth trauma, delivery mistakes, premature delivery, and certain infections.”
Lerato Leba, mother of a five year old son suffering from cerebral palsy
is expected to collect $5.5 million or $731,050.52 USD from the hospital
that she blames for her sons condition. Leba was turned away when she
first went into labor only to return the next day before she was taken
seriously. After 17 hours of excruciating natural labor and numerous requests
for a caesarian birth, Leba gave birth to her son who had obvious fetal
trauma. The baby was delivered in a severely compromised state which should
have been recognized by the nurses. From the negligence of the hospital
staff, a baby boy with cerebral palsy and a life of emotional and financial
distress to the family had blossomed.