Williams & Brown Wins $10.3 Million Medical Malpractice Jury Verdict
Jury Finds in Favor of Child in Birth Injury Case
Brownsville, Texas: On February 8, 2018, the medical malpractice law firm Williams & Brown secured a $10.3 million-dollar jury verdict on a birth injury case where an infant suffered serious injuries by suffocating on his own umbilical cord at the Valley Regional Medical Center.
At midnight on Friday, October 24, 2014, Ana Ramirez went into labor and the family went to the Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas. During labor, the charge nurse observed the baby’s heart rate dropping dangerously low on two occasions. The charge nurse had been trained to call the doctor if she observed a low heart rate, but instead of calling the doctor, she chose to wait.
When the doctor was finally called, he sped to the hospital. He performed an emergency C-section delivery. The baby’s umbilical cord was wrapped twice around his neck—so tightly that the doctor had to cut the umbilical cord off to free the baby. Because of the lack of oxygen, the baby suffered serious brain injuries. The brain injuries resulted in spastic quadriplegia, a severe form of cerebral palsy. Mateo is unable to talk, walk, sit up, or feed himself. He requires 24 hours-a-day skilled nursing care and will for the rest of his life.
After hearing the evidence, the jury returned a verdict for $10.3 million for the child’s medical expenses. The Ramirez family is relieved that Mateo will receive the medical care he needs, and they hope that this case will prevent other children from being injured in the same way in the future.