It is common knowledge that babies should be handled with care, especially when childbirth is at issue. When a mother is giving birth, this process is extremely delicate. The smallest mistake can cause the gravest impact on the newborn. Excessive use of force during a delivery, or the misuse of forceps or vacuum extractors, can result in bruising or surface injuries to a newborn. Birth Injury Guide reports that in the U.S., out of every 1000 newborns, approximately 6 to 8 suffer from a birth injury. Birth injuries are serious, and victims should be made aware that they have legal remedies provided by the law that are available to them. If one of your loved ones has been involved in a birth injury, you should known that you can receive compensation for your injuries.
An Ontario woman has been found responsible for falsifying medical records so they could cover up a brain injury that a baby suffered. The hospital had denied any wrongdoing; however, documents surfaced to question the hospital’s accuracy. The family of Sarah Butler was awarded about $5 million dollars as compensation for the neurological injuries she suffered during childbirth. Barrie’s Royal Victoria Hospital ended up admitting that their negligence was the cause of Butler’s unfortunate neurological impairments. The case sheds some light on the front-line response to serious medical error, and seems to illustrate why so few mistakes ever come to the surface, despite research estimating that tens of thousands such errors occur yearly across Canada. Butler’s lawyer, Hilik Elmaliah, said: “It tells me that hospitals can and will do everything in their power to avoid paying compensation…And it tells us we need to be very, very careful and vigilant when a poor outcome results from a medical treatment. We can’t rely on what was said by a health-care provider … to find out what really happened.” According to a study done in 2004, it was estimated that 70,000 preventable errors occur in Canadian hospitals yearly and of these, about 9,000 to 23,000 were deadly.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a birth injury, you should and can be fully and fairly compensated for your pain and suffering. Do not hesitate to contact our experienced, expert Boston, Massachusetts birth injury lawyers at our Boston, MA law office to evaluate your case. Our Boston car injury lawyers offer all of our prospective clients a free and confidential case evaluation and review. You can call us today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.