In Staten Island, New York, the family of a teen born with cerebral palsy resulting from a premature birth was awarded $100 million in a lawsuit filed against St. Vincent's Medical Center, the hospital where the teenager and her twin sister were born.
A new study, presented in February 2014 at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual Pregnancy Meeting, shows that a variant in SERPINE1, a gene that plays a significant role in blood clotting and inflammation, is likely associated with cerebral palsy and death in early preterm babies.
While most child deliveries go relatively smoothly, complications can arise during the birthing process that result in injury to the child or mother. Birth injuries can occur in any number of ways, but many are a result of birth-related medical malpractice. Some of the most common types of birth injuries include the following:
While most types of birth injuries directly affect the child, an expectant mother is also putting her health at risk during delivery. Rarely, birth-related medical malpractice can result in severe medical consequences for the mother prior to or during the birthing process.
If you suspect that a birth injury resulted from a medical practitioner's negligence or carelessness, you may consider pursuing a lawsuit against the person or facility responsible. Birth injury litigation falls into the category of medical malpractice, which allows plaintiffs to hold one or more negligent professionals accountable for their role in an undue injury or other avoidable condition.
Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of similar chronic disorders that damage the brain, affecting control of movement. Recognized as one of the most common causes of childhood disability, cerebral palsy affects more than 10,000 newly diagnosed infants every year.
Throughout the course of a woman's pregnancy, her obstetricians and other health care providers should make time to discuss prenatal screening options. Prenatal screening can help detect birth defects, congenital illnesses and many other important fetal conditions. Furthermore, in some circumstances, failure to conduct adequate prenatal screenings can be grounds for a medical liability lawsuit.
In Ohio, a prenatal negligence lawsuit involving a seven-year-old girl with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and severe brain damage recently settled for $2.5 million.
Many different factors contribute to birth injuries, including unexpected complications during labor. Often, however, severe birth injuries are the result of medical malpractice by a physician or other health care practitioner.
Not long ago, Caesarean sections were considered too invasive and expensive to perform often, and were only done when unavoidable. In recent years, however, the number of C-sections has skyrocketed, and nearly one in every three women giving birth in a hospital today chooses to have a C-section or requires one.