It is an unpleasant fact that far too many newborns suffer injuries sustained during the pre-natal course, childbirth and delivery that are caused by a medical professonal’s negligence. These injuries range in severity. It is not at all uncommon for a birth injury to have been preventable by appropriate medical care and treatment for mothers during the pre-natal period, as well as by immediate and necessary responses to any complications that may arise during childbirth and delivery. If you find yourself in a situation where your child suffers from a birth injury, contact a Boston birth injury attorney right away.
In 2011, a 22-year-old woman was pregnant with her second child. Her first child was delivered via vaginal birth, without any complications. Between December 2011 and June 2012, the mother received prenatal care at Parkview Health Center. On June 17, 2012, the plaintiff went to Temple University Hospital in Pennsylvania because she was experiencing labor contractions. At first, she was admitted to the care of one Dr. Su, a physician associated with Parkview Health Center. However, her care was turned over to Dr. Turner. Dr. Su reportedly did not have the chance to examine or provide treatment for the mother, but multiple obstetrical residents examined the young mother. Dr. Turner delivered the baby with the use of a vacuum extractor. Upon arrival, the baby’s upper arm was limp and the baby was diagnosed with severe shoulder dystocia and a fracture of the right humerus with concomitant radial nerve injury.
According to Injury Lawyer News, the mother has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Turner. The lawsuit alleges that Dr. Turner relied on information from other medical professionals and never actually performed his own pelvic or abdominal examination. He also ignored other doctors’ reported suggestions that the delivery be performed through a cesarean section. The plaintiff alleges that there was no emergency situation that called for a vacuum delivery and she was never informed of the risks of that type of delivery. Function has not been restored to the baby’s arm. He is expected to have little use of his arm for his entire life. The plaintiff is seeking damages for her child’s severe and permanent neurologic injury, past and future pain and suffering, and past and future medical expenses.
Our Boston birth injury lawyer experts will help you get justice when your baby has suffered from a birth injury due to medical negligence. Call us today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.