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$4.1 million settlement approved in birth injury case

Everyone makes mistakes. It's a common phrase that everyone here in Mississippi knows. And while most mistakes can be incredibly innocent in nature, other mistakes, such as medical errors, can have far-reaching consequences that can change someone else's life forever.

This was the case for a now 7-year-old boy in California who is currently living with cerebral palsy and epilepsy because of a serious medical mistake. According to the boy's great grandmother, who is acting as guardian ad litem in the medical malpractice lawsuit against Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, the boy suffered catastrophic injuries because of delayed delivery, which may not have happened had the doctors paid attention to days of signs and symptoms that the boy's mother was in labor.

Although the woman's claims of medical malpractice could have gone to trial, she has agreed to settle her claim for $4.1 million. Because the boy cannot walk or crawl, communicate or perform daily activities without assistance, much of the money received in the settlement may be used to help pay for the boy's 24-hour-a-day care down the road. It's worth noting though that because of his disability, additional benefits may be obtained through Supplemental Security Income, which can also go toward his care costs.

Although our Mississippi readers know that this settlement will never reverse the serious medical mistake that caused this boy's disability, they know it at least holds the hospital accountable for its negligence while also providing the victim's family with a way to provide for the boy for the rest of his life.

Source: Courthouse News, "Kaiser Agrees to Pay $4M on Birth Delay Claim," Tish Kraft, Feb. 12, 2014

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