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.
On June 10, 2014, an Ohio jury awarded $14.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit to a Stephanie Stewart and her 11-year-old son, Alijah Jones, who suffered a brain hemorrhage after a delayed delivery. Alijah now suffers from cerebral palsy, visual impairments and cognitive delays, among other health issues.
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.
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.