Earlier this month, a California family was awarded $9.6 million after an eight-day trial culminating in the judge finding that the doctor was negligent in the delivery of their child. According to one local California news source, the young girl, who is not three years old, will never be able to walk, talk, or care for herself.
Evidently, back in 2012, the family’s doctor was called to the hospital to assist in the delivery of the child. The doctor, who was employed by a federally funded clinic at the time, failed to deliver the child in a timely manner, waiting too long to perform the necessary Cesarean section procedure.
The young girl was born with serious and permanent injuries, including blindness. She will also require the use of a feeding tube for her entire life and suffer from unexpected seizures. The bulk of the $9.6 million award was designated as compensation for the payment of a 24-hour live-in nurse, as well as for the continued medical care that the girl will need throughout the duration of her life.
Birth Injury Lawsuits in Maryland
As in California, Maryland and Washington, D.C. doctors are held to a high standard of care. Specifically, doctors must provide services in line with the professional norms and expectations in the industry. When a doctor fails to live up to this standard, and his or her patient is injured as a result, a medical malpractice or birth injury lawsuit may be appropriate.
Specific Requirements in Maryland Medical Malpractice Cases
In an effort to ensure that only meritorious cases make it in front of a judge or jury, Maryland requires that all medical malpractice plaintiffs submit a Certificate of Merit filled out by a qualified expert in the field. These expert reports are critical to the viability of a plaintiff’s case, and without one the case will almost certainly never make it to trial. Selection of the proper expert is also very important, since that expert will likely need to answer to the defendant’s attorneys. For example, the expert’s qualifications, base of knowledge, and relevant practical experience may be questioned.
There are many other requirements specific to Maryland medical malpractice and birth injury cases. To learn more about medical negligence cases, call an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been the Victim of a Doctor’s Malpractice?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured during a medical procedure, or while otherwise in the care of a medical professional, you may be entitled to monetary compensation though a Maryland medical malpractice lawsuit. The skilled malpractice attorneys at the Maryland-based law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have decades of experience in medical malpractice and birth injury cases, and we will be happy to speak with you about your case. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation. Calling is free and will not result in your being billed for our time unless we can assist in your recovery.
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