$1.55 million settlement for developmental delays

A Rhode Island boy has received a settlement of $1.55 million for injuries he suffered as a result of oxygen deprivation at birth. The boy’s mother entered in the hospital in premature labor at 30 weeks’ gestation. Although this was a high-risk delivery, she was treated mostly by obstetric residents.. The baby began to exhibit signs of reduced oxygenation. After some delay in recognizing the signs, the doctors performed a difficult mid-forceps delivery, further injuring the baby’s brain, instead of a Cesarean section delivery. The boy, who was 9 years old at the time of settlement, walks with a pronounced limp and has severe learning disabilities.