In another state, the parents of a child who was injured during labor and delivery was recently awarded a significant sum in court. This couple filed a medical malpractice claims against the hospital and staff believed responsible for the personal injury that has left their child permanently disabled. Parents in Arizona whose children have suffered such injuries may also be entitled to file similar claims in civil court in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.
The legal counsel for the parents in this particular case argued that the actions of medical staff led to the child suffering severe brain damage. According to a recent report, it is believed that untreated breathing problems and the improper application of forceps caused the child's condition. The young boy, who is turning 6 years old this year, is expected to live a normal lifespan and requires a significant amount of care.
Despite the outcome of this case, the defendants still maintain that no wrongdoing during labor and delivery occurred. Instead, they claim that the child suffered a stroke, causing the brain injury. The hospital and clinic have been ordered to pay over $11 million in damages; however, they are likely to appeal this decision.
Medical malpractice cases are challenging to pursue. It can take quite a bit of time to gather the evidence necessary to negotiate or litigate these cases. However, this should not discourage those who have suffered injuries at the hands of medical providers from taking such actions. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, parents in Arizona who believe that their children suffered any form of personal injury during the labor and delivery process, due to the actions of medical providers, can seek compensation for their losses.
Source: omaha.com, "Jury awards $11.5 million to Omaha couple in medical malpractice lawsuit over child's birth", Russell Hubbard, Oct. 28, 2016