Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine concluded that medical errors are the nation's third-largest cause of death. However, some medical errors that happen as a baby is coming into the world, rather than resulting in the patient's death, instead cause a birth injury leading to the patient's need for lifelong care. Typically, people in Louisiana and elsewhere who file medical malpractice lawsuits do so with the intent to cover the significant expenses involved following a preventable error. In a recent example, the family of a 4-year-old girl was awarded $229.6 million after the hospital at which she was born was found liable for brain damage she suffered during birth.
Many Louisiana couples know the feeling of anxiously awaiting their child's birth and simultaneously experiencing excitement and uncertainty about the outcome. Of course, parents always hope to take home a healthy baby with 10 each of fingers and toes, but unfortunately, some birth stories do not end this way. Recently, a family in another state reached a settlement in their birth injury lawsuit just before a jury awarded them $30.6 million.
Most Louisiana parents understand the joy of bringing a healthy baby home from the hospital since they have personally experienced such an event. However, not all parents are so fortunate. Sadly, sometimes a birth injury occurs at some point during the birthing process, and while some of these cases can be explained as simply nature taking its course, others can be attributed to negligence on the part of the medical professionals involved.
For most people in Louisiana and across the country, a baby's birth is an exciting and wonderful time. A new person is entering the world, and although the birth process itself can be painful and stressful in general, in most cases the end result is a happy and positive one for everyone involved. Sadly, however, this is not always the case, and for some, a birth injury can occur during the process, sometimes resulting in death. Such was the case for one family.
The delivery of a child is an anticipated and anxiety-inducing event for many parents in Louisiana and all over the world. Unfortunately, some infants suffer a debilitating birth injury during delivery. Some are able to recover and lead normal lives, but many are not. Following the conclusion of a recent lawsuit, one family has been awarded a $50 million judgment for the injuries their child suffered during birth.
Many Louisiana mothers have likely experienced the unexpected surprise of an earlier than planned delivery of a child. Understandably, mothers and physicians worry about the health of a child following a premature birth, but many babies are able to survive and thrive. One mother in another state experienced her own surprise with the early delivery of her child, but her child initially appeared to be healthy. In the weeks and months following the birth, the woman claims medical malpractice resulted in a life-long condition for her child. Recently, a civil court jury agreed.
When an injury occurs during the childbirth process, people in Louisiana may assume that the damage only occurs for the child. While there are several health risks for a baby, mothers can also suffer a birth injury. Recently, a jury issued a verdict in favor of a mother who claims to have suffered unnecessary harm due to the care of her obstetrician, and she was awarded $2.4 million.
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.