As expectant mothers plan for the birth of their babies, they don’t expect life-threatening injuries to occur during the delivery process. Yet, every year many Washington families face this tragic reality. Unfortunately, there are instances where birth injuries are not preventable. However, sometimes birth injuries are the result of medical malpractice. Injuries suffered during the fragile birthing process can cause disabilities that may affect the child throughout his or her lifetime.
Recently, a family in another state received a substantial award from a lawsuit alleging that their baby was permanently injured at birth. According to the lawsuit, the doctor improperly administered the medication Picotin to speed up the mother’s labor. It was alleged that the doctor overdosed the medication, causing a loss of oxygen to the baby’s brain.
Allegedly, the physician also improperly supervised a student doctor regarding the administration of the medication. Tragically, the lack of oxygen caused the baby to develop cerebral palsy, the lawsuit claimed. Reportedly, the family was awarded over $20 million for past and future damages as well as future medical expenses.
The birth of a child is an incredibly delicate and fragile process. Any deviation from the accepted standard of care can result in injuries to both the mother and child. For families in Washington whose child has suffered injuries at birth due to medical malpractice or negligence, a trusted and experienced attorney can help. By taking legal action and filing a claim, families could be awarded vital compensation that may help to ease their pain and suffering.