Almost every woman who is pregnant or has been pregnant recently is well aware of the chance that a cesarean section might become necessary under certain circumstance. One of those circumstances is when labor fails to progress according to the standards set forth by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists or the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The guidelines that doctors use to guide them have changed. Arizona expectant couples might like to know about these changes.
A new device has been introduced to the medical world in order to help ensure the safety of births by cesarean section (C-section). Although C-sections are performed more often in the United States than any other surgery, it is still possible that babies delivered by this method could sustain birth injuries. Doctors who reach for a baby with a scalpel may go too far and cut the baby in the process. Many of these injuries heal with no further problems; however, some babies end up with serious injuries, such as amputations and scars that do not go away.
On April 19, 2009, a child was born in a West Coast hospital. Friday, the day after the child turned 3-years-old, a jury found in favor of the family in a medical malpractice lawsuit that had claimed that the doctor was negligent during the birth of the girl, leading to a birth injury that resulted in cerebral palsy.
A Midwestern hospital recently settled a negligence lawsuit with a family who lost their young child after a data entry error started a string of medical errors that led to the young boy's death. The child had an uphill battle from the beginning, but his battle for life did not overcome a series of medical mistakes.
The family of a 14-year-old boy who won a medical malpractice lawsuit before a jury in 2007 is now a step closer to having the funds to pay for the young man's medical care. The young man was born in 1997 and a medication error during his mother's labor is blamed for his birth injury. The family had claimed in its medical malpractice lawsuit that medical professionals were negligent in giving the mother an overdose of medication while seeking to stimulate the mother's labor.
The birth of a baby can be a wonderful moment for most parents. However, when a birth injury occurs due to medical malpractice, it can quickly turn into an unpleasant and scary experience for both the parents and the child. These birth injuries can occur anywhere, including parts of Arizona and throughout the United States.