Medical Malpractice Attorneys See Spike in Cases

Jacky Gale | December 21st, 2012 | Posted in Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit News

A study just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) noted an alarming rise in severe complications during childbirth. In fact, from 2000 to the end of 2009, emergencies during delivery increased by 75 percent. And post-delivery complications have increased by more than 50 percent. This unfortunate trend has kept medical malpractice attorneys busy. Recently, a few medical malpractice settlements totaled over $20 million each.

The risk of maternal death in the U.S. is the main reason why the country is ranked number 28 on Save the Children’s list of best places to be a mom. The rate of maternal mortality in the U.S. (1 in 4,800) is among the highest as compared to other industrialized nations. Pregnant women who are of poor health, with conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, or obesity, are at a higher risk for delivery complications. However, healthy women are also at risk for medical problems.

Injured patients seek birth injury settlements or jury awards

Women may experience delivery complications such as severe bleeding that may be life-threatening, as well as placenta accreta, a condition that may also result in excessive bleeding.

Delivery complications can also affect the baby. If the labor is prolonged, or fails to progress, the mother may require a Cesarean section. If the medical personnel fail to perform the C-section in a timely manner, this may lead to fetal distress. Other birth injuries that may result from a delayed C-section include brain damage, cerebral palsy, stillbirth, or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).

Medical staff should be well-trained and equipped to address all possible delivery complications. Following the release of the report from the CDC, experts began calling for increased training and the establishment of safety guidelines and protocols. Safety initiatives focus on the need for clear lines of communication regarding the patient’s condition and rapid response to the emergency. Many hospitals have held training drills that simulate an emergency situation during delivery. But unfortunately, errors by medical personnel can still occur.

A birth injury lawyer can help

Parents of children who have suffered from birth injuries caused by medical negligence have legal recourse. A birth injury lawyer can file a lawsuit on behalf of the family to hold the hospital and its staff accountable. Lawsuits may result in birth injury settlements or jury awards that can pay for costly medical bills, equipment, and any long-term care needed as a result of the birth injury.

For more than 40 years, the law firm of Balkin & Eisbrouch have been dedicated to helping victims of medical malpractice. If your child has suffered from a birth injury caused by doctor negligence, we’re here for you. Call us today for a free consultation with a birth injury lawyer. No fee will be charged unless we win your case.