$8M Award Given to Mother and Son
Late last week a jury awarded $8 million to a five-year-old boy living with cerebral palsy and his mother in their medical malpractice suit.
The suit was filed against Lewiston Hospital in Maine and one of the midwives employed at the facility.
Birth Injury Leads to Lawsuit
Sasha Edmond was only 16-years-old when she was admitted to the Lewiston hospital to give birth to her son.
Her son, Odysseus, who was born in April 2002, began having complications early on in the delivery.
Edmond filed the suit against her midwife and the Central Maine Medical Center claiming that they should have recommended a cesarean section be done immediately when they saw that the baby was in fetal distress.
As a result of their alleged error in judgment, Odysseus was born with cerebral palsy.
During the birth there was reportedly a lack of blood and oxygen delivered to his brain.
Compensation Awarded to Young Mother
According to the jury, the hospital and midwife were at fault and the mother and son deserved the compensation they received.
“He will never be able to function in any activity of daily living without round-the-clock care, and what this jury gave him today is the ability to get that care,” said Julian Sweet, Odysseus’ attorney.
The settlement is reportedly the largest to date to be handed down in Androscoggin County Superior Court.
(Source: The Boston Globe)
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