Many Houston residents are familiar with medical centers run by the government. Active duty military and veterans use these hospitals for their medical needs. Most would likely agree that these citizens deserve to have medical care that is up to the highest standards. Unfortunately, however, this is now always the case, and the care they receive can be substandard, as is the case when there is a failure to treat an emergency.
An army medical center was recently accused of medical malpractice and has agreed to pay $9 million to the affected family. A woman who had a medical history that included a high risk of a uterine rupture went to the Tripler Army Medical Center to deliver her baby. She was seen by an inexperienced physician who was in her first year of residency. The woman’s uterus ruptured and the physician allegedly failed to call for help. A nurse eventually realized what was happening and called for help from a more experienced physician. Because of the time it took to get help the baby was without oxygen for a period of time and now suffers from brain damage and cerebral palsy. The baby is permanently disabled and will need around the clock care for the rest of his life.
When a patient has a known medical condition it is important that they receive expert medical care familiar with their medical history. The birth of a baby is an exciting time for families. Sadly, however, birth injuries can occur, leaving the baby permanently disabled and the families wondering what went wrong. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help the family get the answers they deserve. They can review medical records, consult with medical experts and determine what went wrong and who is at fault. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
Substandard care at government medical facilities should not be happening in the United States. It is important to hold these physicians accountable for their mistakes so that others are not harmed.
Source: khon2.com, “Triple to pay $9 million in medical malpractice settlement”, Feb. 5, 2016