Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP
Call OUr Law Office TODAY
Massachusetts 413-346-5305
Vermont 802-681-4687
Toll Free 800-365-9913
Our Practice Areas

Failure to give baby a breathing tube results in cerebral palsy

When a mother is laboring, there are certain precautions the medical staff must take in order to ensure a smooth process. Monitoring both the mother and the baby is an important part of preventing birth injuries in Massachusetts. At the first sign of distress, a physician may have to make emergency decisions to ensure the baby is not deprived of oxygen. As one recent incident illustrates, failing to do so can result in serious injuries.

A 5-year-old in Georgia suffers from seizures and developmental delays. He cannot walk or talk, and he is fed through a tube in his stomach. The young boy has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and suffers from disfigurement, which the family’s attorneys say are a direct result of an incident that occurred during his birth.

According to court documents, while the infant was still in utero, fetal monitoring showed that he was not getting enough oxygen. The hospital’s neonatal resuscitation team was busy at the time of his birth, and medical staff failed to call in back-up help. As a result, the baby had to wait for eight minutes for a breathing tube. A Georgia jury determined that the hospital did not follow the medical standards of care and awarded the family $8.45 million.

While the money will not reverse the child’s condition, it will help to pay for medical bills and expenses associated with keeping the boy as healthy as possible. When physicians or medical facilities fail to take the right steps during a woman’s pregnancy or the birth of a child, catastrophic injuries may ensue. People who feel they have been victims of medical malpractice should consult an attorney to explore the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: Gainesville Times, “Hospital must pay $8.4 million after boy’s injury at birth,” Nick Watson, Oct. 22, 2014 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Our Team Today

Tell Us About Your Legal Issue

For more information, please call 800-365-9913 or fill out the below form to send us a confidential email:

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

North Adams Office
1330 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247

Toll Free: 800-365-9913
Phone: 413-346-5305
Phone: 413-346-5305
Fax: 413-663-7970
North Adams Law Office Map

Pittsfield Office
55 Church Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Toll Free: 800-365-9913
Phone: 802-681-4687
Phone: 413-346-5305
Fax: 413-443-1894
Map & Directions

Bennington Office
116 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

Toll Free: 800-365-9913
Phone: 413-346-5305
Phone: 802-681-4687
Map & Directions

Springfield Office
1331 Main Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103

Toll Free: 800-365-9913
Phone: 802-681-4687
Phone: 413-346-5305
Fax: 413-443-1894
Map & Directions

  • Super Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • PeerReviewRated
  • American Association for Justice
  • ABA | American Bar Association
  • MassBar |Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers