Thanks to modern medical technology, childbirth in Providence has become a routine procedure from which most mothers and newborns experience little to no complications. Yet sadly, when there are difficulties, the risk of death or of permanent, severe injuries to the baby increases exponentially, often to the point of where if he or she does survive, he or she has sustained serious brain damage or other problems causing developmental delays. These health issues stay with the child and the rest of the family for the remainder of their lives.
While no modern medical advances will ever completely eliminate childbirth injuries, patients should be able to maintain an expectation that those medical professionals serving them are capable of performing such care, and that their undivided attention is dedicated solely to the well-being of the mother and the child. If either of these assumptions is untrue, the results can be disastrous.
A Los Angeles woman was in the news recently due to a lawsuit filed on behalf of her infant son, whose permanent brain damage she believes was the result of negligence by the staff at L.A. County-USC Medical Center. The woman was taken by ambulance from the homeless shelter where she lived to the hospital in extreme pain. Yet she was later discharged without ever being seen by a doctor, only to return later with a ruptured uterus, requiring delivery by emergency C-section.
The mother recently won a multi-million dollar settlement with Los Angeles County that will help pay for the lifelong care that the child will now require. Most in such cases as this need those resources to be able to continue to support themselves while still paying for their children’s care. As such, anyone facing such difficulties after his or her child was injured during delivery may wish to work with a personal injury lawyer to secure such compensation.
Source: Los Angeles Times “L.A. County to pay $7.5 million in childbirth malpractice case” Abby Sewell, Nov. 06, 2013