It is not uncommon for complications to arise during the delivery of a baby, but doctors and nurses are generally well equipped with the knowledge and skills to adjust to the circumstances and take proper medical action. After all, healthy babies are born every day.
However, birth injuries do occur when doctors or nurses fail to act when unforeseen circumstances arise during a birth. For example, consider a
lawsuit that was recently decided in Pennsylvania.
A jury in Chester County found that a little girl with cerebral palsy should receive $32.8 million after two nurses failed in their medical duties. Specifically, the nurses did not promptly alert an OB-GYN when the baby's heart rate dropped to an unsafe level during the birth.
The child's mother reportedly didn't expect any problems when she was admitted to the hospital around the time of her baby's due date. However, it is believed that during the delivery, the umbilical cord somehow became pinched, depriving the baby of oxygen and causing her heart rate to drop.
According to the lawsuit, the nurses noticed on a monitor that the baby's heart rate had changed, but they allowed 13 minutes to pass before a doctor was told. When the mother's OB-GYN came in the room and saw the drop in heart rate, the nurses were immediately sent to look for an anesthesiologist who could help the doctor perform a cesarean section delivery.
An anesthesiologist wasn't found for another 16 minutes, and the child wasn't delivered for another 13 minutes. During all of this time, the child began to suffer
that led to her cerebral palsy.
Now the money awarded by the jury can help the family cover the many financial expenses of caring for the little girl. Parents facing a similar situation should understand that they and their children have the right to seek compensation for damages resulting from a medical professional's negligence.
Source: Mainline Media News, "
Chestco jury gives $32.M to girl in medical malpractice case
," Michael P. Rellahan, Jan. 22, 2014