It is a Pennsylvania parent's worst nightmare: Your baby should have been born healthy, but physicians present at the delivery caused medical problems through professional negligence. Scores of Massachusetts families experience just this situation every year, as physicians make critical errors that lead to serious birth injuries. Those mistakes can lead to long-term health problems that require expensive treatment and care.
Now, another East Coast couple has received a $5 million jury award after a civil trial in which the family alleged that physicians injured their now 9-year-old child when he was born. The child suffered devastating injuries, they said, because doctors failed to correctly treat an affliction that commonly affects premature babies. As a result, a segment of the boy's intestinal tract had to be surgically removed. The child suffered such a serious personal injury that he is unable to digest food and must be continuously fed through intravenous methods.