In Texas, the family of a baby who was injured during the birthing process is seeking compensation in the amount of $27 million from the hospital and several medical professionals. The claim centers around a condition called perinatal asphyxia, or the inadequate supply of oxygen during birth.
The allegations of the case are as follows:
*The mother visited her physician at 36 weeks of pregnancy, allegedly complaining of pelvic pain and vaginal discharge
*She was not having contractions and her water has yet to break
*An examination undergone during the visit allegedly showed that her cervix was actively in birth preparation
*The mother was admitted to the hospital and labor was allegedly induced
*Later in the day, the baby was born with blue skin from lack of circulation. He was also flaccid and failed to respond to stimuli
The mother alleges in court documents that, though the baby’s head delivered normally, his body became stuck. The medical staff allegedly used various techniques to complete the delivery. He was reportedly treated for perinatal asphyxia and placed in a ventilator, before he was transferred to another hospital that operated a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Physicians at the second hospital reportedly gave a diagnosis of respiratory failure, along with clinical sepsis and the perinatal asphyxia. After a hospital stay of almost a month, the baby was further diagnosed with multicystic leukoencephalopathy. The family claims that the hospitals, as well as their doctors, failed to adequately monitor the baby’s well being during the birth.
What is Multicystic Leukoencephalopathy
According to the National Institute of Health, multicystic leukoencephalopathy is a disease that affects the white matter of the brain. It attacks neurons that insulate nerve cells. While the condition can be harmless in some individuals, its effects are more serious in people with weakened immune systems, such as newborn infants.
As a result of the illness, the baby’s family alleges in court documents that he suffers from the following conditions:
*physical, motor and developmental delays *seizures *impairments in sight and hearing *problems with feeding
In the lawsuit, the family is requesting $10 million on behalf of the child for mental distress, depression and physical disabilities. They are also requesting the court award an additional $10 million for medical costs and related expenses. The father is asking for $1 million for his suffering. The mother is requesting compensation of $5 million for pain and suffering, and an additional million for loss of employment income.
Injury to a newborn is a difficult situation for the entire family. The time and effort to adequately care for the baby can have substantial financial consequences, a parent may need to stop working in order to provide full time care or hire a medical assistant.
If you or baby experienced an injury during the birthing process, contact the capable attorneys of Levin & Perconti at (312) 332-2872 for a free and confidential consultation. These attorneys will aggressively pursue the compensation that you need to better cope with the challenges of your injuries.