Cases involving the harmful negligence of a trusted professional are always upsetting. Few incidences of medical malpractice are as heart-rending, though, as those involving a negligent delivery that results in lasting, severe birth injuries to an innocent newborn. In a state not far from Washington, D.C., a lawsuit recently awarded over $40 million after just such a case of doctor error left a baby paralyzed.
Instances of professional medical error are bad enough when they happen to adults, but there is little worse for most parents than when their children are the victims. For many Washington, D.C., residents, the birth of their babies is a joyous occasion, but in cases where a negligent delivery leaves a baby with birth injuries, what should have been the happiest day in many parents' lives becomes a lifelong battle for their children's health. Just such a devastating occurrence allegedly happened in another state and resulted in a long legal battle that ended in a settlement.
For most expectant mothers in Washington, D.C., the birth of their child is a time of excitement and joy. How upsetting to imagine, then, if this jubilant occasion was marred when a doctor's gross medical negligence resulted in injury to the infant. In another state, this is apparently just what happened.
Children are expensive. Even those in perfect health will have their share of health care expenses as they grow into adulthood. For those babies born with injuries or special needs, the costs increase exponentially. When the negligence of the health care staff during delivery is to blame, many rightly feel that those responsible should foot the bill for the health care costs that will be required over the child's lifetime. In Washington D.C. and elsewhere, a medical malpractice claim is typically the best way to achieve this result.
A child who suffers from an injury at birth might be facing a lifetime of challenges. In some cases, such as when the injury results in cerebral palsy, those challenges might be physical, mental and even social. Many times, children who suffer birth injuries require extensive care as they grow up and well into adulthood. A multitude of services, such as medical specialists, therapists and others might be necessary. For that reason, parents might opt to seek compensation for the birth injury that the child suffered.
At all times during a pregnancy, and especially during labor and delivery, the health of the mother and her fetus are a top priority. One of the most reliable ways to ensure that all is well with mother and child is the monitoring of their vital signs. Vital signs can provide valuable insight into any complications and give your medical team advance notice so early action can be taken.
Cesarean section deliveries have increased dramatically in recent years. Some women enjoy the convenience of being able to schedule the delivery of their child. Other women find out that they must have this surgical delivery when something goes amiss during the pregnancy or labor. In all cases, women must understand that c-sections aren't without risks to her and the baby.
A fetus is protected by the amniotic sac, which helps to regulate the fetus' environment and keep infections at bay. In most cases, the amniotic sac remains intact throughout the pregnancy and ruptures only when the pregnancy is full term and the baby is ready to be born. There are some instances in which the amniotic sac, or bag of water, ruptures prematurely. That condition is called preterm premature rupture of the membranes. This is a serious medical condition that can place the mother and unborn baby at risk, so it must be treated immediately and using proper methods.
When the beauty of a child's birth is tainted by medical errors that lead to lasting effects, the parents of that child might decide to take action. One of the possible ways they can do this is by filing a lawsuit based on the negligence or malpractice that led to that injury. This is a complex undertaking that can involve a host of points. We can evaluate your case to let you know what your options are if you are ready to seek compensation for the injuries your baby suffered.
When you're having a baby, there are a few options for delivery for most women. You can either have a Cesarean section or a vaginal delivery. Around 1.3 million children are born via C-section each year, and if that number seems high, that's because it is. While there are many factors involved in determining if you're going to have a C-section, sometimes they're ordered unnecessarily. These operations may be needed in special circumstances, like if you could have a child who is too large for the birth canal or complications that require a quick delivery.