Having a baby is a joyous occasion, and in today’s modern times, no one expects that anything could go wrong. However, labor and delivery are complicated procedures that demand the doctors, nurses and other medical staff to stay aware of any signs of anything abnormal.
In an infant’s crucial beginning of life, one routine mistake can literally be a matter of life and death. That’s exactly what happened to a Pennsylvania couple who just got to the end of a wrongful death suit that they filed after their newborn daughter suffered a critical brain injury during delivery. The parents won more than $1 million in their case against the professionals who helped deliver their baby.
Suffering a crisis during a time when only joy was expected is difficult. In an extreme medical emergency involving their child, parents should be able to count on medical professionals to stay aware and provide them and with whatever care they need. Had the newborn in this case been monitored more closely over the first 12 hours of her life, the medical staff would have been able to better recognize the problem, and her chance of survival would have been better.
No wrongful death settlement can bring back a loved one, and most people prefer to believe that they will never need to file one, but medical expenses, time off work for grieving, and other expenses make life challenging after losing a child. Even when someone might feel bad about his or her mistake, parents should not be afraid to act if they believe their child was the victim of medical malpractice.
The Morning Call: “LVH settles wrongful death of baby case for $1.5 million,” Kevin Amerman, Aug. 25, 2011