Hospitals, for the most part, are undesirable places to visit. Hence, many doctors and nurses are encouraged to have a positive demeanor. For most people visiting the hospital, though, their reason for doing so is not a desirable one; either they are sick or someone close to them is sick. Neither scenario is pleasing. But occasionally, there is a reason to go to a hospital that people anticipate and look forward to. When a family is expecting a baby, there are tears of joy and cries of laughter. Families get a little bigger and titles like “Mommy” and “Daddy” are bestowed on one another.
Even the birthing process can be a stressful time for many families. Despite the extensive medical knowledge in this area, there are still many things that can go wrong when a child is being born. The slightest of mistakes can cause irreparable harm to an infant, and the ripple effects can last for a lifetime. Doctors, nurses, and midwives are trained to deal with various issues that arise, but not even they are capable of perfection. In fact, the statistics are alarming. For every 1,000 births in the U.S., five of those babies will suffer a mild to severe birth injury.
When medical professionals make this kind of colossal mistake, they may be liable to pay for the injuries that they cause, as well as for any future treatment or care that the baby’s family might need.
In February of 2006, Caoimhe Flood was admitted to the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. According to RTE News, she was near the end of her second trimester of pregnancy and was experiencing some issues, including ante-partum hemorrhaging and severe abdominal pains. Throughout the next several months, Ms. Flood continued to check into the hospital for pains and bleeding, though doctors did not order any scans or evaluations of her pregnancy. Finally, in March of 2006, Flood requested that she receive a scan to diagnose the pain she was experiencing, but doctors did not heed her request.
On April 3, she was dilated and was admitted to Rotunda to give birth. However, the delivery did not go smoothly. It took an abnormally long time for the doctors to remove the baby from Flood’s womb. The infant girl was soon diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia, which is the severest form of cerebral palsy. The young girl had to be fed using a tube throughout the first year of her life.
After filing a lawsuit against the Dublin hospital, the two sides agreed on a settlement of $2.7 million. The plaintiff’s lawyer in this case was Attorney Denis McCullough.