Even though advances in field of obstetrics have helped to drastically improve the outcomes of deliveries in Providence County, it should still be remembered that giving birth is a complex process, during which any number of complications may occur. The complexity of childbirth often requires doctors to be at their absolute best, ready to make decisions at a moment’s notice that could end up drastically affecting the life of a baby as well as his or her family. One can only imagine the problems that may arise if a delivering mother does not have her doctor’s full and undivided attention during this process.
A case in Florida illustrates just what may happen in such a scenario. A mother was recently awarded a settlement in excess of $33 million after a judge determined that negligence on the part of the on-call doctor at the facility where she delivered her son resulted in the boy suffering brain damage. Experts who testified during the trial stated that the doctor failed to notice that the baby’s fetal heart rate indicated serious distress, which may have been caused by the doctor’s decision to administer contraction-inducing drugs for more than an hour. After three failed attempts to deliver the boy using a vacuum extractor, the doctor still did not initiate an emergency C-section which could have help to avoid any injuries. The doctor actually wasn’t even in the room when the boy was delivered. He was away on one of the many breaks he took during the delivery, one of which he used to field a call from his stockbroker.
Incidents of apparent negligence such as this may prompt those who suffered because of it to seek compensation. Their chances of success in such an action may be bolstered by enlisting the services of an attorney.
Source: The Miami Herald “Miami doctor’s call to broker during baby’s delivery leads to $33.8 million judgment” Chang, Daniel, Apr. 28, 2017