A previous post on this blog talked about a major medical malpractice verdict awarded to a woman who was 16 at the time she gave birth. She successfully claimed that her providers should have proceeded with a Cesarean Section, or surgical birth, when her baby showed signs of distress in the womb.
A judge in another state recently reduced a jury award that reports had described as a record high verdict in a medical malpractice case. The reduction came because the state has legal caps on medical malpractice awards, specifically with respect to awards for pain and suffering and other non-economic damages. Still, the total judgment against the medical facility exceeds $200 million. It had been close to $230 million.
When something goes wrong during childbirth, both the baby and the mother's lives could be at stake. Unfortunately, emergency situations may not be treated or recognized in a timely manner, causing mothers to suffer life-long complications or even die. According to an analysis by USA Today, one in eight hospitals in the U.S. have complication rates twice the norm for labor and delivery. This is a serious issue affecting mothers in Texas and across the nation.
Each year, approximately 10,000 babies across the nation, including some in Texas, will be born with cerebral palsy. While sometimes this type of birth injury takes place after the child is born, sometimes it takes place before the child is born or during the birthing process. In fact, around 20% of those with cerebral palsy suffered the injury that lead to the condition during the birth process.
Preeclampsia is a serious medical condition that can threaten the health of a pregnant Texas woman and her unborn child. Because preeclampsia can result in dangerous and even tragic complications during labor and delivery, legal recourse may be necessary to ensure that victims are made whole after suffering losses.
While mothers in Texas may dream of having positive birth experiences when they go into labor with their babies, in reality there are a lot of things that can happen that can throw problems into their well-laid plans. Medical professionals must be ready to deal with a barrage of surprises and emergencies that may threaten the health and wellbeing of the mothers and babies who are under their care. One common but often difficult birth complication that can create problems for laboring mothers is the abnormal presentation of their babies.
Obstetricians in Texas must be prepared to manage any problems or complications that may arise when their patients go into labor. Not only are they responsible for the lives of the women under their care, but they are also responsible for the health and safety of the babies that they deliver into the world. While some mothers may have smooth labors and deliveries that do not require any intervention, others may need support and intervention from their doctors to birth their babies.
The birth of a baby should be a joyful and healthy process. Although complications can arise, medical professionals across the country are trained in the best practices for identifying, treating and preventing ailments in babies and mothers when the labor and delivery processes begin. When they fail to do so, serious and life-threatening harm can result and infants can become victims of significant birth injuries.
When problems arise within critical body functions, such as the respiratory, neurological and cardiovascular systems, a person's overall health and safety may be put at risk. Mistakes made by doctors during the birth of children in Texas can put them at risk of death and serious injury before they have even made their entrances into the world.
The birth of a child is an exciting time in the lives of parents. While many prospective mothers and fathers may exert a great amount of effort to prepare for their child's arrival, they cannot always anticipate the needs that their children will have once they enter the world. Particularly when a child is born with an illness or injury, parents may need to scramble to understand their conditions and related care.