Every year, thousands of infants and mothers in Delaware and across the United States are injured during birth. Childbirth is a very delicate procedure that must be handled with extreme care and precision. Any missed step or delay in treatment can result in permanent and debilitating injuries, turning this joyous occasion into a nightmare. Recently, a mother and daughter were awarded over $23 million in a lawsuit that was filed after birth injuries caused the girl to suffer permanent brain damage.
According to the lawsuit, the mother worked as a nursing assistant and was inadvertently kicked in the stomach while she was pregnant. After visiting the hospital to be checked, the lawsuit said a heart monitor showed some issues with the baby's heartbeat. The mother said baby was delivered via cesarean section after a delay of about three hours.
Allegedly, the baby suffered a brain dysfunction that occurred due to a lack of oxygen. The lawsuit alleged that a treatment for this condition known as head cooling was considered but was not administered by providers. Also, the brain injury could have been prevented if the baby was given a blood transfusion more quickly, the lawsuit claimed. The girl suffered permanent injuries to her brain, according to the lawsuit. A jury sided with the family and awarded the plaintiffs total damages of $23.6 million.
Negligent care during childbirth can be devastating and rob children and parents of life. Those in Delaware who have been affected by birth injuries could benefit by consulting a knowledgeable attorney. A lawsuit, if successful, could result in rightful and much-needed compensation to help families recover any monetary losses that may have occurred due to this tragedy.