Being pregnant and going through labor can be both exciting and terrifying. There are so many unknowns and, as with any medical procedure, there can be complications. Pennsylvania women trust that their doctors will anticipate these complications and be ready for them in order to avoid injury or harm to themselves or their babies, however. When that does not happen and a doctor makes a critical mistake or misjudgment, consulting with a Philadelphia birth injury attorney may be an important next step.
A woman from Easton, Pennsylvania was recently awarded $4 million due to doctor negligence during her labor and delivery. Although the doctor maintains that he did nothing wrong, the woman argued that she should have had a cesarean delivery but the doctor failed to notice the warning signs. These warning signs included a known large baby, the mother’s concern over the size of the baby, a stop in labor for over eight hours, and the baby’s shoulder getting stuck on the mother’s pelvis. As a result of the delivery, the baby was temporarily deprived of oxygen and now suffers from cerebral palsy and neurological injuries, and the mother suffers from incontinence and an inability to work.
A birth injury is especially traumatizing because it can damage the beginning of a new life. In many cases, birth injuries are severe and leave children with lasting physical problems that will plague them for the rest of their lives. In addition to being hard to endure emotionally, these kinds of medical problems can also put severe strain on a family financially.
Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit with the help of a Philadelphia birth injury lawyer may enable suffering families to prevent financial devastation while also ensuring that their children receive the medical care they need and deserve for the rest of their lives. There are many different kinds of birth injuries and the first step in proving medical malpractice is establishing the doctor did not act according to the normal standard of care or was negligent in performing his duties. An experienced attorney can help build a strong case with the assistance of expert testimony. An attorney can also help quantify damages and put a number on the compensation needed for medical bills, pain and suffering and other consequences.
Source: Morning Call, “Lehigh County jury awards $4 million in birth injury suit,” Peter Hall, Sep. 11, 2013