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Brain injury during birth leads to medical malpractice claim

During a medical emergency, patients in Tennessee and elsewhere may rely on doctors to provide them with the necessary information to make informed decisions about their health. When a patient receives incorrect or incomplete information on the available treatment options, he or she may find it difficult to choose the path of care that provides the best chance at a positive outcome. A woman in another state was recently awarded just under $230 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after her child suffered brain damage during birth.

The incident reportedly began when the woman was admitted to the hospital after suffering symptoms of preeclampsia during the 25th week of pregnancy. According to the lawsuit, the woman chose not to undergo an emergency cesarean section after doctors informed her that her child would suffer brain damage or pass away. The lawsuit states that she was in labor for as long as 22 hours and that during this time, her child suffered from oxygen deprivation.

After birth, the child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The lawsuit states that although a cesarean section would have been the safest option, the incorrect information she was provided influenced her decision to decline such a procedure. The damage the child suffered will reportedly require her to need constant medical attention throughout the remainder of her life.

Individuals who suffer permanent brain damage at birth may experience a variety of hardships in life. When these injuries come as the result of another party's negligence, the victim or his or her family members could choose to consult with an attorney for guidance on their available options for legal recourse. An attorney can evaluate the circumstances a client in Tennessee is facing and assist in pursuing the restitution entitled through a medical malpractice claim.

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