Cerebral palsy is a life-long disability, which involves disorders of movement control and muscle coordination. It is caused by brain damage that occurs before, during or immediately after birth, and it is commonly associated with seizures, sensory impairments and cognitive limitation.
Thousands of children are diagnosed, each year, with cerebral palsy, as a result of medical errors occurring at the time of birth. Most cases of cerebral palsy are not related to medical errors, but some children would not have suffered a brain injury had doctors, hospitals or nurses followed the proper standards of medical care during labor and delivery. If complications are encountered during labor or delivery, it is a medical provider’s responsibility to identify potential problems, react appropriately, and follow the proper standard of medical care to deal with the situation. However, mistakes can be made.
When cerebral palsy results from a medical mistake which could have been prevented, financial compensation may be available for the child. It is very important to retain an attorney who specializes, not only in medical malpractice cases, but in cerebral palsy medical malpractice cases.
With that in mind, I am pleased to report that, last week, attorneys Richard Lawrence and Patrick Beirne received the highest medical malpractice verdict in Ohio history. An Ohio jury awarded their client, the family of a child who developed cerebral palsy as the result of medical negligence, $31 million in compensatory damages. 8-year-old Leondo Stanziano, was born on December 11, 2000 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. The child suffered permanent brain damage resulting in cerebral palsy after being deprived of oxygen for 18 to 20 minutes during delivery. He now suffers from severe cerebral palsy, which has left him unable to speak, unable to walk and requiring 24-hour care. Within a week of the record-setting verdict, the matter has been settled for an undisclosed sum.
Congratulations to these two fine attorneys and to their clients for a hard fought victory. Compensation will not make the child well; nothing can do that, but the cost of caring for a severely disabled child should be borne by those who caused that disability, not by the innocent victims. This verdict and settlement will assure that the child’s care needs are covered and that he will receive the best care possible under the circumstances. This is what serious litigation should be about: appropriate and sensible compensation for the victim; accountability, responsibility and future prevention incentive for the perpetrator. All seems to have been achieved with this result.
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