The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the most joyous occasions in many new Massachusetts parents’ lives. Alarmingly, a growing concern around the country is the high incidence of serious injury to expectant mothers during labor and delivery. Of course, the number one concern of most parents is that their infant is not injured during birth, but prioritizing the health of the mother should not be far behind on the list of concerns for attendant health care providers.
Unfortunately for one woman in another state, the medical staff attending her delivery seems to have instead prioritized their own productivity over the needs of the mother and child, according to the woman’s recently filed lawsuit. The complaint alleges that a group of doctors took insufficient measures to prevent her injuries and administered too much of a drug. The plaintiff filed the legal complaint both on behalf of herself and that of her infant.
The lawsuit names as defendants the hospital where the alleged medical negligence took place, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, as well as Mercy Medical Group and a number of physicians and other staff. The complaint claims that the woman was given excessive amounts of Pitocin, a synthetic hormone used in labor induction. In this instance, however, the medical providers allegedly dosed the woman with far too much of the drug, which led to extreme contractions that resulted in injury.
According to the complaint, not only did the defendants fail to provide the plaintiff with proper care during the birth of her child, they additionally failed to properly monitor the fetal heart rate of her baby during childbirth. The lawsuit is seeking monetary recompense to adequately compensate the woman for the damages, injury and suffering. Anyone in Massachusetts who has similarly suffered injuries themselves or whose child was injured during birth due to a physician’s negligence or error may wish to seek the counsel of a medical malpractice attorney in the North Adams area who has experience in birth injury lawsuits.
Source: cookcountyrecord.com, “Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, others accused over child birth complications“, Louie Torres, Dec. 22, 2017