This blog devotes a lot of its time to discussing issues that affect the elderly. While these issues are certainly important, risks posed to babies, another vulnerable group, are just as serious. Floridian parents expecting the birth of their child are often excited. They may have big plans for the new addition to their family, and they put a lot of trust in their doctors to ensure their child is born safely. Though many medical professionals competently handle births, sometimes, a hospital mistake can cause irreparable harm.
One of these instances is at the heart of a recently filed lawsuit in Florida. According to the claim, a couple’s child suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. This condition, caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain, can leave a child with significant delays in development and cognition. The child’s parents claim that the mother was examined by three different doctors. But, when one doctor recommended a C-section, if conditions did not change, she was not prepped for that procedure. The other doctors, therefore, failed to perform the operation, and the child was born with no respiratory effort.
Situations like this are unacceptable. Competent medical care requires thorough and accurate assessment, along with effective communication. When there is a breakdown in these areas and a patient is subject to something less than minimum standard of care and then serious harm can be done. In this case, the child may have to cope with physical disabilities, while the family must find a way to pay for extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
Though it may not be possible to fully recover one’s health when harmed by medical malpractice, he or she may be able to recover compensation. By filing a legal claim against negligent medical professionals, he or she may be able to acquire money to pay medical expenses and bring a sense of justice and closure.
Source: Injury Lawyer News, “Florida Couple Files Birth Injury Lawsuit,” Laura Woods, April 7, 2015