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Atlanta Birth Injury Attorneys Report Army Hospital Settles Lawsuit for $6.5 Million Alleging Birth Injury and Malpractice

February 10, 2014

The birth of a child typically is one of the happiest and most anticipated moments in an individual's life, but sometimes medical malpractice immediately prior, during or after the birth of an infant can result in heartbreak. The parents of a baby reached a settlement of $6.5 million after enduring the devastating news that their son Haiden Rivera suffered cerebral palsy allegedly caused by an interruption in oxygen during the birth process according to a Killeen Daily Herald report.

The Rivera parents knew that something was wrong with their son as soon as he was born because he was not moving and did not cry. Haiden was born after doctors at a military hospital induced labor at more than 37 weeks at Darnall Army Medical Center. Eventually, doctors told the parents the difficult news that their child would likely develop cerebral palsy because of brain damage during the birth process according to the Herald report. When Haiden's mom researched cerebral palsy, she found that it was not an inherited birth defect, but a result of trauma.

The parents sued the hospital and doctors alleging that the physicians ignored evidence that the amount of oxytocin used was excessive causing overstimulated contractions. They also alleged that this overstimulation resulted in the need to perform an emergency cesarean section. The Herald report indicates that the federal judge that heard the case signed an order approving a settlement for $6.5 million in damages for negligence during the infant's labor that caused the brain damage.

Cerebral palsy is a generic term that refers to a range of disorders that can have an adverse impact on a baby's mental functions, body control and movement. A common cause of cerebral palsy is disruption of oxygen flow to the brain immediately before, during or after the birth process. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately five percent of cases of spastic cerebral palsy involve disruption of oxygen flow to a baby's brain.

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