The availability of excellent health care to everyone in Delaware and throughout the United States has been a continuous struggle and debate. More recent studies have indicated that the availability of health care may be one of the many factors contributing to the increased risk that black women have from dying during pregnancy or from birth injuries. One woman has recently explained her passion to minimize risk to other women.
The occurrence of childbirth by cesarean sections is on the rise in Delaware and across the United States. Although, they are often necessary for the health of the mother or child, there are potential risks to both. Birth injuries most often impact the child, but at times the process can be very dangerous and harmful to the mother. A jury in another state just awarded a family $4 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit for the loss of their mother after she delivered her fourth child.
Delaware physicians aim to provide medical care that is in the best interest of the patients and strive to do no harm. Physicians are human, can make mistakes and sometimes execute poor judgment when caring for patients. Unfortunately when a medical mistake occurs, it can result in a lifetime of medical care and consequences for the patient. One mother is promoting a one-armed cartwheel challenge to make people aware of problems that patients experience after unfortunate birth injuries.
Parents in Delaware and across the country spend a lot of time preparing for the birth of a child. They prepare nurseries, purchase supplies and listen to the advice of experienced parents. Most new parents do not anticipate needing the advice of an attorney following the birth of a child, but unfortunately some do. One couple in another state has filed a lawsuit with the help of an attorney due to the birth injuries their daughter suffered.
Parents in Delaware often experience a mix of emotions when expecting a child that may include excitement, joy, nervousness and fear. Despite advancement in the field of obstetrics, birth injuries still occur and may result in a child's permanent injury or even death. Permanent injury may require a lifetime of expensive medical and specialized care. Recently, a midwife in another state has been placed under investigation for questionable care of her patients.
It is well known in Delaware and in other states that many medications can harm an unborn child if taken while a woman is pregnant. Unfortunately, some medications are still prescribed to pregnant mothers that can harm unborn children and may result in birth injuries. One family in another state has been awarded $15 million by a jury for the physical defect her son suffered that may have resulted from the drug Depakote.
Despite frequent prenatal visits and care prior to giving birth, childbirth in Delaware does not always go according to plan. Some children suffer unfortunate birth injuries resulting in life long care and dependency on others. One family in another state took their birth injury case to court, and the judge awarded them $23.1 million.
The birth of a child is a miraculous and special event for most Delaware parents. Unfortunately despite research and advances in medical care, debilitating birth injuries still occur, making many births tragic. With proper care and adequate monitoring, some birth injuries are unnecessary and preventable. A family in a neighboring state was recently awarded $42 million by a federal judge who ruled that their delivering physician's negligence caused undue harm to their son.
For many parents in Delaware, the birth of a child is a miraculous experience. Unfortunately for some, it may instead be traumatic. Despite advances in medical experience and technology, birth injuries still occur to both mothers and children. Injuries can result in a lifetime of medical treatment, therapy and related expenses. One woman in a nearby state has filed a lawsuit against a hospital and physician due to the injuries she suffered under their care.
When a baby fails to receive sufficient oxygen before, during or after delivery, he or she suffers from hypoxia. This lack of oxygen can lead to numerous types of birth injuries that could cause permanent damage to a child. The medical technology available to doctors here in Delaware and elsewhere should be able to detect when conditions exist that could lead to hypoxia. A failure to diagnose and rectify the situation as quickly and safely as possible could constitute medical malpractice.