Oxygen deprivation at birth can cause cerebral palsy, among other birth injuries. A seven-year-old boy in Ireland has just received a settlement of 3.6 million euros after a long-fought court battle for this condition. RTE reported on the case.
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During the birth of the boy, the hospital had hooked up the heart monitor to the mother instead of the fetus. Because of this, doctors were not able to detect signs that the baby wasn’t getting enough oxygen. He was born with cerebral palsy. Lawyers argued that if the signs were noticed then they could have intervened.
Thanks to the help of therapists, he has gained the ability to walk, talk, eat, and dance. However, the hospital fought the family for compensation. After six years, the hospital did admit liability.
Outside of the courthouse, the seven-year-old talked about his progress with cerebral palsy. His family was told that he would never walk or talk, but he has managed to do much more than expected.
The award will be paid out over a five year period in a structured settlement. We hope that the boy continues to receive treatment and reach his full potential.
It is possible to win a birth injury case. It may take years, but it’s worth the fight. With compensation, you can pay for past and future medical bills to help your child reach their highest potential.