One city-owned hospital in another state has finally decided to settle a lawsuit from an injury that occurred in 2005. The suit alleged that the negligence of that hospital and its doctor had caused a birth injury that disabled a boy for life. The boy's parents filed the suit just three years ago. Unfortunately, cases such as this occur all too often in Louisiana as well.
A 10-year-old boy was recently awarded $15 million by a federal jury in a case against the company that manufactures a drug known as Depakote. The boy's mother took the drug for bipolar disorder while she was pregnant with him, and she claims that this caused him to be born with a birth defect. Fetal injury from prescription drugs continues to be a problem not only in Louisiana but in states all across the country.
Women all across the United States have used in vitro fertilization to help them have babies that they normally wouldn't have been able to give birth to. The process is a miracle for those in Louisiana, and other states, who were once struggling to get pregnant. Unfortunately for one mom, however, one mistake that was made during her in vitro fertilization caused irreversible pregnancy injuries.
The United States government has been ordered to pay half of an $8 million medical malpractice settlement after a mother filed suit against the hospital where she gave birth. The order was made by a federal judge in a birth injury lawsuit. While this settlement involved a hospital in another state, similar medical malpractice issues occur in Louisiana as well.
The parents of a boy who suffered serious brain injuries during birth have been awarded a sum of $42 million. The baby was wounded with forceps during his delivery in 2012, according to the report. The suit was filed against the federal government since the doctor who delivered the child and the center where the baby was born were both federally funded. In Louisiana, as in other states, parents are well within their rights to file suits for a birth injury.
Despite advances in technology and improved monitoring systems, Louisiana mothers and children could be harmed or even die during childbirth. Many of thee tragedies are preventable. If a hospital or medical professional is negligent in the care of a mother or child, it may constitute medical malpractice.
Every year in Louisiana, traumatic brain injuries cause many deaths, hospitalizations and emergency room visits for young children. Unfortunately, some children start their lives with traumatic brain injuries when there have been child birth injuries due to medical malpractice. Recently, in another state, a couple was awarded 11.5 million for their child's birth injury and the mishandling of his birth.
The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the most important and joyous moments in a parent's life. Medical negligence should have no place in that family picture. Unfortunately, our medical malpractice law firm has helped many clients who had a different experience during their delivery.
Louisiana, like other states, sees many birth injury claims annually. Occasionally, injuries during child delivery are suffered by the mother and not the baby. That happened recently when a woman suffered a permanently painful condition after going to a special center that advertised natural birth procedures. A jury recently awarded the woman $16 million in a medical malpractice claim against the center.
It is reasonable to expect that some of the largest settlements and jury verdicts in medical negligence cases in Louisiana and elsewhere come in the birth delivery and birth injury cases. One factor is that when a child is permanently disabled for life as a result of medical malpractice there is a need to provide professional care to the child for a lifetime. Another factor is the need to add the cost of future medical bills for treatment, medication, rehabilitation and potential surgeries for the remainder of the victim's life.