For parents in Washington, the birth of their child is an experience filled with amazement and joy. Although childbirth is often a delicate and complicated medical process, highly skilled and well-trained health care professionals throughout the state make this complex procedure look almost routine. During childbirth, however, one seemingly minor mistake can have life-altering consequences for both the mother and child. Recently, a mother in another state filed a medical malpractice lawsuit over claims that negligence during the birth of her son left the child with permanent disabilities.
The lawsuit claimed that the plaintiff’s doctor deviated from the standard of care during the birth process. According to the lawsuit, it was determined that the mother was at risk for macrosomic birth, meaning the fetus was larger than average. Despite this, the claim stated that not only did the doctor fail to use the correct tools to estimate the baby’s weight, he also did not explain the potential risks of a macrosomic birth.
Substantial monetary award
During delivery, the doctor allegedly used excessive force on the infant’s head. As a result, the lawsuit said the infant suffered a severe shoulder injury which caused severe damage and permanent disability to the child’s right arm. During the trial, the judge awarded the plaintiff nearly $8.3 million in total damages.
Unfortunately, when medical professionals are negligent during a delicate procedure like childbirth, mothers and their children suffer the consequences. Families in Washington whose children have been affected by birth injuries or any form of medical malpractice can seek legal recourse by contacting an experienced attorney. A lawsuit, if successful, could result in vital compensation to help pay medical expenses and ease the pain and suffering of affected families.