A child’s birth is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in a woman’s life in Ohio. Everyone hopes for the birth of a healthy baby and entrusts their care to the medical community in the expectation that they will do everything possible to deliver a healthy child. In a recent trial in another state, the jury awarded a mother a substantial sum in her medical malpractice lawsuit.
The woman went to the hospital complaining of discomfort and not feeling well. She was 25 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed as suffering from preeclampsia, a condition resulting in high blood pressure that can be very dangerous to both the mother and the baby. She was informed of her diagnosis but may not have understood the severity of her condition. In lieu of a cesarean section, labor was induced and the baby girl was born two days later. She weighed less than 2 pounds and had suffered severe brain damage.
According to the claim, it was believed that brain damage could have been avoided if doctors had performed a cesarean section. The jury in the case agreed and awarded the claimant $229 million. The child, who is now 4 years old, requires around the clock nursing care. She relies on a feeding tube, has very limited language ability and may never walk. It is hope that the settlement will help defray the cost of her care.
Women who are expecting trust their doctors to care for them and their unborn children. While doctors are not infallible, it is not unreasonable for people to expect them to exercise their best judgment and do their utmost to protect the life of a woman and her child. If that level of care is not perceived and harm befalls a woman or her newborn, grounds may exist for a medical malpractice case in Ohio.