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Medical malpractice: Child suffers brain damage at birth

When awaiting the arrival of a newborn, parents in Tennessee may expect medical professionals to take the necessary precautions to protect the well-being of their child. Any form of negligence prior to or during labor can pose a significant threat to a child's health, and in some cases, may leave the child with long-term or permanent damage. A family was recently awarded a judgment of $50 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after claiming that negligence left their son with permanent brain damage.

According to reports, the incident began when a woman visited the facility to give birth to her first child. Medical professionals performed exams to check on her health and the health of the child, and she says she was informed that the baby's heart rate was normal. However, several hours after going into labor, her child's heart rate began to drop.

According to the lawsuit, this drop in heart rate occurred several times before doctors finally decided to perform an emergency c-section. The lawsuit also states that the woman was given medication that can assist contractions but may also place unnecessary stress on a baby. The incident reportedly caused the child to suffer severe oxygen deprivation, which ultimately led to permanent brain damage.

Children who suffer permanent brain damage at birth may experience various hardships throughout life. If another party's negligence actions causes a child to suffer serious harm, his or her family members may choose to speak with an attorney for advice on the available options for legal recourse. An attorney in Tennessee can assist a client in pursuing the full amount of restitution entitled through a medical malpractice claim against the party or parties deemed at fault.

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