South Carolina Medical Malpractice Verdict Awards Parents Over $4 Million for Baby’s Brain Injury

February 17, 2009, by Michael A. DeMayo

A South Carolina jury says Piedmont Medical Center must pay the family of Sierra Wilson $4.4 million for medical malpractice. Wilson, who was born on November 18, 2003, sustained a serious brain injury due to lack of oxygen during delivery. She died from cerebral palsy-related complications in February 2008. The medical malpractice complaint, filed on behalf of Robin and Brice Wilson, claims that a nurse failed to properly monitor the pregnant mother’s fetal heart strips and therefore did not realize that the unborn baby was experiencing fetal distress and in need of emergency medical attention.

Doctors, obstetricians, nurses, surgeons and anyone involved with the delivery of a baby are supposed to provide a certain level of medical care to ensure that the infant and mother get through the delivery process safely. Sometimes, however, mistakes can happen, which can lead to serious, if not fatal injuries for a newborn.

Examples of medical mistakes that can be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit:
• Failure to perform C-section delivery in a timely manner
• Failure to properly monitor fetal symptoms
• Failure to diagnose uterine abruption or preeclampsia
• Improper use of forceps of vacuum extraction

Some Injuries that can occur as a result of birthing errors:
• Brain damage
• Cerebral palsy
• Spina bifida
• Erb’s Palsy

Babies born with birthing injuries will usually require costly and specialized medical care for the rest of their lives. There is also the unquantifiable loss of never being able to experience a normal, healthy life and the emotionally and financially devastating effect this can have on an injured infant’s family for years to come.

Filing a North Carolina or South Carolina medical malpractice lawsuit can allow you to pursue financial recovery from all negligent parties so that you can obtain the financial resources that you need to give your son or daughter the medical care that is required.

Jury: Hospital must pay parents $4 million,, February 17, 2009

Piedmont Medical Center brain injury baby $4.4 million jury verdict!, Justice News Flash, February 17, 2009

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Cerebral Palsy Information, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


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