Many Delaware medical facilities have excellent reputations for providing thorough and efficient care to patients according to the highest level of accepted safety standards. Some hospitals, however, may be among others in the nation where repeated incidents of birth injuries, surgical errors or other medical malpractice issues are reported. A childbirth center in another state has come under scrutiny after several legal claims were filed regarding at least five serious incidents, including the deaths of two infants between 2012 and 2014.
One couple has filed a lawsuit against two doctors there, claiming that the doctors’ negligence led to their daughter’s permanent brain damage. The mother’s water had broken. Doctors apparently were allowing her to proceed with a vaginal birth without having first explained the risks involved due to the fact that she had a prior birth by cesarean section. During the process, the infant reportedly suffered extreme distress, necessitating an emergency C-section.
Doctors who performed the C-section found the mother’s abdominal cavity filled with blood, caused by an apparent uterine rupture. The baby suffered serious injuries reportedly due to a lack of oxygen. Six months later, it was documented that another woman undergoing an emergency C-section at the same hospital died during her surgery. Her family has also filed a lawsuit against the childbirth center.
Infants who survive severe birth injuries in hospitals often require life-long medical treatment and assisted living care. In addition to the devastation associated with such experiences, parents are often overwhelmed by the exorbitant costs of needed care. When a baby’s injuries are believed to have been caused by medical negligence in Delaware, parents may request restitution by filing a lawsuit with the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Source: recorder.com, “Lawsuit against Cooley Dickinson claims botched childbirth“, Michael Majchrowicz, March 24, 2016