When expectant mothers begin the process of childbirth, they trust that their medical providers will take great care of their babies. No parent truly expects their child to be permanently injured during the labor and delivery process. Unfortunately, every year thousands of infants and mothers in Washington and across the United States are injured due to medical malpractice during childbirth.
In another state, a family filed a lawsuit after their child suffered permanent injuries during childbirth because of alleged medical malpractice. According to the lawsuit, there were signs a Cesarean section was needed at the time of birth, but the doctor chose to deliver the baby vaginally. The lawsuit said there were complications during the birthing process, so the doctor used forceps in an attempt to pull the baby out only to badly fracture the baby’s skull. The lawsuit also alleged that the doctor negligently used a vacuum extractor after failing to deliver the baby with forceps.
Tragically, the baby suffered serious injuries. The lawsuit claimed that, due to the injuries suffered at birth, the child has permanent brain damage and will require around-the-clock care for the rest of his life. Reportedly, the jury sided with the plaintiffs in the case. The family was awarded over $97 million, the largest in their state’s history for a medical malpractice case.
Childbirth is a delicate and fragile process that requires meticulous medical care. Unexpected birth injuries caused by negligence can change a family’s life forever. When injuries happen as a result of a health care provider’s negligence and misconduct, families in Washington have the right to pursue legal recourse. A successfully litigated lawsuit can result in much-needed compensation and, many times, a sense of justice.