Case regarding personal injury suffered at birth heading to trial

While there is a lot of excitement over pregnancy and bringing a child into the world, there are also a lot of fears. The unknown is, understandably, frightening. Pregnant patients, in Arizona and elsewhere, count on physicians and other health care providers to help them get through their pregnancies with healthy babies as the end result. While there are things that occur during a baby's development that cannot be predicted, receiving adequate and prompt medical care can assist in preventing a baby from suffering a personal injury during delivery.

In another jurisdiction, a medical malpractice trial regarding birth-related injuries is currently underway. The parents of a 7-year-old boy have filed legal claims against the physician and the hospital for allegedly providing insufficient care, which they believe led to their son being deprived of oxygen, ultimately resulting in brain damage. The child's parents claim that during delivery the baby became distressed due to improper positioning, causing the child's heart rate to fall and requiring the need for a C-section. The child had supposedly inhaled fecal matter before delivery, which also caused issues with breathing.

The defendants in this case stand behind the care that was given at the time of delivery and deny any wrongdoing. The child's family is seeking a monetary judgement of $40 million. This case is set to conclude in early February.

If a child is injured during delivery and negligence is suspected, parents have every right to question the care that was provided. Those in Arizona who feel that their child has suffered a personal injury at the hands of a doctor or other health care provider can take legal action. Malpractice claims, though often challenging to navigate, can be filed in an effort to seek compensation for the damages suffered, which can include financial relief for both the current and future economic and non-economic losses.

Source:, "Trial begins in Ramseyer birth injury case", Saerom Yoo, Jan. 21, 2015

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