Logan's parents filed a $19.8 million lawsuit against five doctors and St. Joseph's Hospital in 1999. The lawsuit alleges negligence in the prenatal care and birth of their son. Details of the settlement, which occurred in May, 2006, are confidential.
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Jessica Humphrey was suffocated by her umbilical cord during her birth. As a result, she suffers from cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. Had the warning signs not been ignored, it is likely that she would not have developed cerebral palsy.
The settlement will cover damages, loss of future earnings, and the cost of care for the rest of Jessica's life. According to reports, Jessica was awarded $5.3 million.
Cerebral palsy can occur when a baby is deprived of oxygen during birth. Oxygen deprivation can lead to brain damage which causes the cerebral palsy. Other risk factors include premature births and low birth weights. Cerebral palsy is diagnosed approximately 8,000 times out of nearly 4 million births in the United States each year.