Kimberly VanSlembrouck is grateful for the $144 million jury verdict against William Beaumont Hospital that’ll ensure her brain-injured daughter gets the care she needs for life.
The lawsuit was filed in 2006 on behalf of Markell VanSlembrouck who is now 15. She suffered severe brain injuries at the Royal Oak hospital during birth because a cesarean should have been performed on Kimberly. But instead, the 10-pound, 12-ounce Markell VanSlembrouch was forced through the birth canal, thus causing her to suffer a fractured clavicle, hemorrhaging and severe brain trauma.
The civil jury consisted of eight members. They reached this verdict Tuesday after three days of deliberations in the three-week trial in Oakland County Circuit Court.
The hospital disagrees with the jury’s verdict and plans an appeal claiming the injuries are genetic.
The exact type of brain trauma that Markell now suffers with was not mentioned. Although some of the most common birth injuries include cerebral palsy and its varying forms like Erb’s palsy and brachial plexus palsy. Cerebral palsy is damage to the motor areas of the brain which generally happens before, during or shortly after the birthing process. There are documented cases of Cerebral palsy occurring even after the birth of a child. The injury may be a brain infection like bacterial meningitis.
The injuries resulting from traumatic brain injuries are often permanent. Cases involving brain injuries have substantial value for both jury verdicts and settlements. Individuals who have sustained brain injuries and their families should contact The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC to determine their legal rights. Our office will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering evidence to prove and win your case.