No child should have to suffer injuries because a medical professional or hospital acted negligently during the course of providing care in connection to his or her birth. Thus, it is very important for medical professionals and hospitals to act properly when providing birth-related care.
Recently, a jury reached its decision in a birth injury case from Maryland. The case involved a hospital in Maryland. Reportedly, in March 2010, a woman gave birth to a child at this hospital.
The woman claimed that the hospital acted negligently in connection to the care it provided in regards to this child birth. Specifically, the woman alleged that the hospital failed to perform an emergency cesarean section in a timely manner. According to the woman, there was a gap of over two hours between her being brought to the hospital and an emergency cesarean section being performed.
According to the woman, this alleged delay in an emergency cesarean section being performed resulted in her child suffering severe harms, including the development of cerebral palsy.
The woman and her husband brought a lawsuit against the hospital in connection to these allegations. A trial was held on this matter and the jury recently reached a verdict. The jury ruled against the hospital and awarded the woman and her husband a large monetary judgment.
As the allegations in this recently decided case underscore, infants can suffer a great deal of harm when medical professionals and/or hospitals act negligently when providing birth-related care. Thus, one hopes that all medical professionals and hospitals make sure to not commit negligence in regards to child births.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Jury awards Waverly family $55 million in Hopkins malpractice case," Yvonne Wenger and Kevin Rector, June 26, 2012