Chicago Area Woman Accepts Settlement in Childbirth Lawsuit

September 23, 2008

A woman from the Chicago suburb of Northlake whose son was born with severe brain damage has agreed to a $5.5 million settlement with the doctors and hospital she blames for causing what will be a lifetime of problems for the boy.

Attorneys say Eva Liberato agreed to the settlement with Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park and two doctors.

According to Liberato’s medical malpractice lawsuit, she was admitted to the hospital on March 1, 2002. After she was given a drug to induce contractions, her baby’s heart rate started to drop. A family medicine physician attempted to deliver the baby, but failed. The baby boy, Angel, was then delivered by C-section by another doctor. But by then, he’d been deprived of oxygen long enough to cause severe brain damage.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times.

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