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Settlement reached after delayed medical care caused birth injury

Michael Becker

When infants experience a shortage of oxygen at birth, brain damage can result. It is critical for obstetrical caregivers to meet certain standards of care in order to avoid exposing infants to a lack of oxygen. This type of birth injury can occur when labor and delivery are unnecessarily prolonged; when a cesarean section is not performed in a timely manner; when the blood pressure of the mother or the fetus is severely reduced, as well as when obstetrical caregivers fail to respond properly to other issues.

When a medical care provider makes a mistake that results in such a birth injury in Ohio, the parents of the child may decide to pursue a medical malpractice claim. This is often necessary in order to secure compensation for the baby’s ongoing medical care and other services that will allow for the best possible quality of life for the child.

Los Angeles County has just entered into a settlement agreement following an oxygen-deprivation related birth injury that took place at a county hospital.

The county will pay $7.5 million to the now 18-month-old who was injured at birth.

According to a news report, the mother was rushed to the hospital with abdominal pain, but a medical resident discharged her before she was even examined by an obstetrician. Less than 12 hours later, the woman was back at the hospital, with a ruptured uterus, and this time she underwent an emergency C-section.

The delayed medical attention caused a lack of oxygen to her baby’s brain.

Unfortunately, no amount of money can undo a brain injury, or any type of birth injury. This settlement will, however, help this family to provide the young boy with the medical care that he needs now and for years to come.

Source: Associated Press, “LA County settles $7.5M medical malpractice suit,” Nov. 6, 2013

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