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Parents Awarded $11.4M for Birth Injuries

On Oct.17 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, a Crawford County jury sided with Chad and Amy Jelinek, parents of a boy who suffered birth injuries. After a three-week-long trial, the jurors awarded the Jelineks $11.4 million to be paid for by the Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where their son Laine was born in 2005.  

Substandard Medical Care by a Nurse and Nurse Midwife

The Jelineks are residents of Eastman, Wisc., a very small town about 50 miles south of La Crosse, near the Mississippi River. Their 2006 lawsuit alleged that negligent, substandard medical care by a nurse and a nurse midwife during Laine's birth caused his permanent brain damage. 

Compensation for Extreme Losses

After the jury's verdict, Jeff Goldberg, the Jelineks' attorney, stated that the award barely compensates Laine and his family for their losses, but that the money will improve the toddler's life. The Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center issued a statement contending that the care Laine received during his birth was appropriate. 

(Sources: Associated Press; Insurance Journal) 

Learn More about Birth Injuries 

If your child suffered from an injury during his or her birth, the incident may be an example of medical malpractice. The unique circumstances of your child's case should be examined, including medical documentation and witness statements. Birth injuries due to the negligence of a medical professional can be extremely devastating and traumatic for parents and family members, not to mention for the child. That is why it is imperative to speak to a legal professional who understands the laws governing medical practice and will advocate for you and your family.  

To learn more about birth injuries and medical malpractice contact us to speak to an experienced attorney that represents victims of medical malpractice. This area of law is complex and best handled by experienced, knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys with the resources to negotiate an appropriate settlement or litigate in court.


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