Pregnancy is, for many Louisiana residents, something to be celebrated. For many people, having a child is a part of what makes their families complete. Soon-to-be parents, especially first-time parents, can sometimes be overly cautious because any illness that the mother suffers has the potential to affect the unborn child. One mother's unborn child suffered an ultimately fatal fetal injury because doctors failed to properly treat her illness.
Visits to the hospital can be incredibly stressful for both the patient and his or her family. This may be especially true for women who are giving birth. Small mistakes made during pregnancy or childbirth can have long-lasting effects on both mother and child. Unfortunately, for some Louisiana residents, these mistakes can be the cause of medical malpractice suits.
Birth can be a very difficult process for both mother and child as many Louisiana residents know. Sometimes, the doctor must help the process along by using tools like forceps. However, if these tools are used improperly, they can cause serious injury to the mother or to the child. Recently, the parents of a disabled boy were awarded $42 million in a birth injury lawsuit.
Most Louisiana mothers dread even the possibility of complications during their pregnancy or during birth. Thankfully most of these fears are never realized. Thorough communication between doctor and patient can help to eliminate many problems before they start. However, there are occasions where future parents are not fully informed of the possible risks involved in a procedure, and the result is a birth injury that they are in no way prepared for.
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.