A 4-year-old boy with cerebral palsy received a judge approved a $5.75 million settlement on his behalf.
Cannon Hoops got $1.75 million up front and another $4 million in annuities that are expected to pay for his medical and assistive care as well as future lost earnings over the rest of his life. The money was awarded by the University of California Board of Regents as a result of injuries the boy suffered when he was born in the UC Davis Medical Center.
His parents also have been awarded $250,000 to waive any future wrongful death claims in the event their only son does not survive. The total of $6 million is the largest amount the university has ever agreed to pay to settle a medical malpractice case, said the family’s lawyer.
According to Fagel, the family’s lawyer, Cannon Hoops suffered “severe and permanent” neurological injuries as a result of a lack of oxygen to his brain during his Dec. 1, 2004, birth at the medical center.
Fagel said the boy’s fetal monitor strip “showed distress in the baby” just before he was born but that the attending medical personnel “all ignored or didn’t recognize or realize it no one spoke up or said anything and they all blindly proceeded to go through a normal vaginal delivery.”
“The baby came out blue, not breathing, and it then took a while for the physicians to recognize there was a problem,” Fagel said. The plaintiffs’ lawyer said that if the doctors had delivered the baby by Caesarean section, it “would have prevented the whole problem.”
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