A medical professional’s failure to recognize complications during childbirth will often lead to serious and irreversible problems. Medical professionals are trained to identify and treat various complications common in childbirth. One relatively common complication is a mother’s inability to vaginally deliver her child. In such circumstances, one option a physician has is to administer Pitocin, a drug commonly used to induce and augment labor. If the Pitocin fails to induce childbirth it is a physician’s responsibility to re-evaluate the situation and to ensure the pregnant mother and her child are in an appropriate condition. If they are not, it is common practice for a physician to order an emergency cesarean section. If a physician fails to appropriately respond to the situation they face, they may be subject to medical malpractice litigation.
Recently, a family was faced with a similar ordeal. A soon to be mother entered Mercy Medical Center on March 13, 2008 to deliver her baby. The baby was in good health at the time and the mother and hospital prepared for a smooth delivery. The mother began having issues delivering so the medical staff administered Pitocin to help induce delivery. The late evening turned into the early morning and no progress had been made in the delivery. The medical staff administered a second dose of Pitocin, still no results. During this time, the facility failed to adequately monitor the condition of the child. A monitor revealed that the unborn baby had developed a dangerously low heart rate. The mother was rushed to an operating room to have a cesarean section performed, however, it was too late, and the baby was born dead. The facility was able to resuscitate her but she had already developed cerebral palsy and a developmental delay. She will require specialized care and treatment for the rest of her life.
The resulting lawsuit brought the plaintiff’s a $4.3 million dollar settlement against Mercy. That money will go to the care of this new child and help her live a more normal and complete life. Law Offices of Levin & Perconti have helped individuals in similar situations to the mother and child referenced above. The Birth Injury Lawyers at Levin & Perconti specialize in understanding the complex issues that arise in these situations. While no monetary reward can ever compensate the injured for their losses, a reward can help improve the quality of life for those who suffer from birth injuries.