Parents awarded $58M in birth injury malpractice case

women and children always face some risks during childbirth. Although medical advances have lowered ‘s high mortality rates during pregnancy and birth, obstetrics negligence continues to cause birth injuries that impact many women and children in our state. Obstetrics negligence can severely injure a child and result in serious birth injuries such as Erb’s palsy, head trauma and cerebral palsy, among other things.

The parents of one 8-year-old boy say that his cerebral palsy was caused by obstetrics negligence. The parents say their son cannot speak, eat, or walk and that he requires constant care because of the negligence of an obstetrician. A jury agreed and recently awarded the family $58 million in a landmark medical malpractice case.

“The dollar amount means he will be taken care of, that’s what this means to us,” the boy’s mother said.

The parents say that the obstetrician ignored complications and failed to deliver the boy early. When a C-section was finally performed a surgical error cut the oxygen to the boy’s brain which caused a severe disability that will forever impact his life.

“He got his life taken away from him, and the only form of justice is this,” the father said.

The doctors strongly contest the jury’s decision sand say that the mother was properly cared for. Attorneys for the doctors say that the boy’s disability was caused by an undetected infection in the womb and not malpractice. The parents will probably not see any of the substantial funds awarded by the jury for a long time because the doctors are planning to appeal the verdict.

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Workers injured in van rollover crash

At least 18 people were hospitalized yesterday when a van full of migrant workers crashed in . The accident happened on I-95 near Newport. Authorities say that the 20-year-old driver had no drivers’ license or insurance and that the van was not built to carry more than 15 people.

The van accident happened because of a blown tire. The van overturned several times before coming to rest on the left shoulder of I-95. All of the 18 occupants of the van were transported to Christiana hospital in seven ambulances but one of the passengers fled the hospital before receiving treatment.

The migrant workers may be in the country illegally and an investigation into the incident was launched by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. None of the 18 workers had identification and a retired agent from the New Jersey State Police Intelligence Bureau said that such cramped and unsafe conditions are common for migrant workers.

“The migrants will put up with anything because the village that they are coming from and the country that they are coming from has no work,” the agent said. “They can make enough money in 10 weeks here to feed them and house them for a whole year back in their own village.”

This is the first major  highway accident involving migrant workers since 2001. In June 2001 a van with 19 migrant workers ran into a tanker truck. The accident occurred on I-495 and killed five of the workers. That accident also involved a 15-passenger van, and the NHTSA has issued warnings indicating that these vans are more likely to rollover when fully loaded.