A jury recently heard a medical malpractice case that arose over injuries sustained during child birth roughly 18 years ago. The 17-year-old teen, who turns 18 later this month, reportedly suffered a brain injury during childbirth that is alleged to have resulted in a number of developmental problems for the New York teen. The young woman suffers from cerebral palsy and other health issues.
The Post Star reports that doctors induced labor on a 22-year-old woman on February 24, 1993. An expert reportedly says the fetus suffered “fetal asphyxia” due to a compressed umbilical cord during labor. The obstetrician-gynecologist disputed the finding, saying there were no indications of distress to the fetus or compression of the umbilical cord during the labor.
The doctor and a midwife were accused of violating policy by leaving the hospital for a period of roughly four hours during the labor. Testimony at trial showed that the obstetrician-gynecologist was later called to the hospital at 5 a.m. on February, 25, 1993 to perform an emergency Cesarean section. The doctor reportedly arrived a 7 a.m. The surgery did not begin until 8:14 a.m.
The jury found the midwife was not responsible for the brain injury that the baby suffered. The jury found the doctor liable for medical malpractice and awarded damages.
The lawsuit was originally filed in 2003, naming five defendants. The cases against three defendants were dismissed before trial. The top medical malpractice attorney Philadelphia understands these cases and how to combat them.