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Consequences of birth injuries can be catastrophic

One of the reasons that birth injuries often result in multi-million dollar settlements in Pennsylvania or any other part of the nation is because the consequences of such injuries can last for an entire lifetime. As a recent incident of alleged medical malpractice has shown, sometimes both the mother and the child can be injured at the same time.

The birth related injuries allegedly resulted in the mother of the child having to receive a hysterectomy. These birth related injuries also are being blamed for a baby being born "dead" while soon after being resuscitated. The child, who is now 3-years old, suffers from cerebral palsy.

One problem in proving up birth injury cases of this kind is that evidence needs to be examined quickly before evidence outside of the medical records disappears. It also requires looking at the treatment from beginning to end to examine all aspects of treatment that could have been conducted differently. This is why experienced lawyers in the birth injury and medical malpractice area should be consulted quickly if one suspects that negligence on the part of a medical provider has taken place.

What is being alleged in the above case is that the woman was checked into the hospital with the anticipation of undergoing a normal birth of her child. It is then alleged that, though matters then went wrong and labor was not taking place as planned, the hospital failed to quickly assess the situation and take action.

While in labor the child remained in fetal distress and only later was a cesarean section performed to alleviate the situation. It is alleged that the infant child could have been born healthy if this procedure had been performed just 15-minutes earlier. If what is alleged is correct, the medical facility where the birth took place should be held responsible for what has occurred.

Source: TC Palm, "Jury selection begins for medical malpractice trial in Indian River," by Elliott Jones, Jan. 3, 2012

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