Delivery-related negligence can take many different forms. One such form is failure by a doctor to perform a cesarean section in a timely manner. Negligence related to a cesarean section can lead to an infant suffering significant birth injuries, such as brain injuries. No infant here in Connecticut should have to face life-altering injuries because of the actions of a doctor.
Recently, in another state, a birth injury case was settled. The case involved a girl who was born at a hospital in Massachusetts four years ago. According to the girl’s parents, the labor process related to the girl’s birth went for two days. During the labor process, the girl’s mother demanded that a cesarean section be performed. According to the girl’s parents, four hours elapsed before the doctor that the mother made this demand to finally elected to perform a cesarean section. They also said that this doctor didn’t monitor the girl’s condition in the final 50 minutes of the labor process.
The girl’s parents claimed that the alleged delay in the performance of a cesarean section and the alleged failure to monitor constituted negligence and resulted in the girl suffering significant brain damage.
A lawsuit was brought against the above-mentioned physician and two other doctors by the girl’s parents in connection to the girl’s birth injuries. As we mentioned above, a settlement was recently reached in this matter. Under the terms of the settlement, the girl’s family will receive a multi-million dollar payment.
There are many different factors that can contribute to whether or not a doctor’s decision to delay or not perform a cesarean section was negligent. Experienced medical malpractice attorneys know what types of evidence to look for when it comes to investigating these different factors in a medical malpractice case.
Source: Worcester Business Journal, “Family Gets $4.25M from UMass Memorial Doctor,” Michael Novinson, Nov. 19, 2013