Many Ohio mothers-to-be want to trust their medical professionals’ opinions regarding the care for their unborn child. Doctors may offer advice on nutrition, prenatal care and how the baby should be delivered. If a mother follows the instructions of a doctor regarding delivery and the baby suffers a birth injury such as developing cerebral palsy, there may be cause to file a medical malpractice suit.
A mother and father in another state are currently pursuing a case after their child developed cerebral palsy. It was reported that the woman was informed that she was a “good candidate” for a water birth. It has been stated that this type of birth could help decrease pain during delivery with a lower use of medicines typically used during the birthing process.
Unfortunately, the baby suffered a birth injury during delivery and developed cerebral palsy as a result. The report stated that the child should have been delivered by a caesarian section rather than natural birth. The parents are currently seeking $36 million in restitution in order to cover the child’s future medical care and expenses and other damages resulting from the birth injury.
When a child suffers a birth injury, the parents can be understandably devastated by the outcome. If medical professionals were negligent or potentially otherwise played a role in the negative result, Ohio parents may want to decide whether filing a medical malpractice claim could be a direction in which they would like to move. Because each case is different, it is important that individuals assess their circumstances and consider viable options for moving forward.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Oregon parents seek $36 million in water-birth lawsuit“, Jan. 15, 2015