A settlement agreement was reached in a cerebral palsy lawsuit right as the jury was deliberating a verdict after an intense four-week trial. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but medical attorneys for the young boy at the center of the case and his family said that the dispute has been “resolved.”
The case involved the birth of Leondo Stanziano, who was born on December 11, 2000 at an Ohio hospital. His mother, Renetha, was considered a high risk VBAC patient. VBAC means vaginal birth after Caesarian, and women who fall into this category are at risk for a ruptured uterus.
According to the lawsuit filed by the family, the hospital staff failed to properly monitor Renetha’s labor and caused her uterus to rupture by giving her too much Pitocin (a drug used to induce labor). The complaint stated that the baby went without oxygen for about 18 to 20 minutes after the uterine rupture and this caused him to suffer severe brain damage and cerebral palsy.
As a result of his injuries, the boy requires a feeding tube and round-the-clock care, is unable to speak, and will never be able to work. The settlement money will help to provide for his care.