Some of the most heart-breaking, traumatic, and complex injuries that a family is forced to endure are those caused during childbirth. However any Chicago medical malpractice lawyer will tell you that it is those cases where the legal system most appropriately yields justice. The consequences for families are never higher than during childbirth. A mother’s health is at constant risk and hanging in the balance is the new life that a family is hoping to bring into the world. When poor medical care and careless doctor decisions cause injury (and sometimes death) in those moments the law must be there to hold the negligent parties accountable.
An example of one of those birth injury cases was recently shared by a story in Red Orbit. In the case a mother suffered devastating injury while attempting to give birth to her ten pound child. The mother had been in severe discomfort throughout the pregnancy-it was clear that the child was going to be large. The pain during the pregnancy and the known size of the child led the mother to logically and repeatedly request a Cesarean section. Her doctor paid little attention to her concerns.
The negligent physician’s poor care didn’t improve when it came time for the child to be born. In fact, the couple’s doctor admitted that he “wandered in and out” of the room during the delivery. He arrived by the expectant mother’s side mere minutes before the child was born. It is unclear why the doctor was missing in action as he had no other patients in the hospital at the time. The doctor’s lack of oversight meant that the couple’s complex care was instead placed in the hands of an inexperienced first year resident and nurse. The new doctor made some mistakes during the delivery. The suffering mother was exposed to excessive anesthesia, and exaggerated hyper flexion abduction measures were performed during the birth.
The suffering mother was forced to endure an unnecessarily painful birth. By the end her pelvis was broken and separated. Her back also experienced immense trauma. Special hardware and neurological devices needed to be installed before it was over. Even after that she still requires a cane to walk at all times.
The trial in this medical malpractice lawsuit was held recently. After hearing all the evidence from both sides the jury unanimously found in favor of the victims-awarding them $5 million.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti understand the devastations wrought by these injuries and are proud to work with families in these circumstances. Poor care and inexcusable medical mistakes yield lifelong consequences for those unfortunate enough to receive substandard medical care. The potential harm in these instances if well-known, and so it is vital that negligent medical professionals be held accountable for their work. Please contact an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer if you ever find yourself in a similar position.
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