Medical Negligence – Pregnancy birth went wrong claims $2.5M

Stephanie’s Claim

Pregnancy birth went wrong claims a $2.5 million settlement  

 

Stephanie was 13 years old when she came to us, having been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. After investigating her claim, the Medical Negligence Team found that there were multiple failures on part of the midwife present and hospital staff generally.

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When Stephanie was born she was blue in appearance. She did not move or cry. An attempt was made to revive her, which eventually succeeded. When she was about 18 months old, Stephanie was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

Stephanie’s mother felt that there had been negligence on the part of the hospital, and she wanted to secure Stephanie’s future for her. She came to us and we commenced court proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW.

Our Medical Negligence team got to work with our extensive network of obstetric experts. We gathered evidence that her mother’s labour was allowed to go for too long, that the baby was in distress but that this was ignored and that no x-rays were performed before the birth.

Our team consulted with other medical experts to ascertain Stephanie’s present and future needs. One of the difficulties we faced was Stephanie’s age. A child psychiatrist who examined Stephanie on our behalf said that it was too early to determinate what will happen to Stephanie in the future with respect to her condition. Court proceedings needed to be paused temporarily to ensure that proper reports were obtained regarding Stephanie’s future.

After approximately a year and a half, Stephanie was re-examined by the same child psychiatrist who provided a comprehensive report dealing with her future needs and limitations. After this and other reports became available, court proceedings were ‘unfrozen’ and we successfully settled Stephanie’s claim for $2.5 million.

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