Despite advances in medical care, there still are risks with childbirth. Childbirth can result in injuries and harm to the baby, mother or both. One woman recently filed a lawsuit against her physician for the trauma and permanent damage she claims to have suffered following the birth of her child. Massachusetts women who have suffered similar birth injuries may be interested to learn that she was awarded $2.4 million for her pain and suffering in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, the woman was artificially induced to give birth to her child. Her attorneys argued that the induction was premature and may have factored in the woman’s uterine rupture. A uterine rupture is rare and is very dangerous for both the mother and the baby. The woman was sent to immediate surgery to try to repair her uterus.
Unfortunately, the first surgery was not successful. The woman’s physician performed another two surgeries to attempt to stop the bleeding but had to perform a fourth to remove her uterus. A fifth surgery was performed following her hysterectomy by a different surgeon to repair damage to other organs from the other four surgeries. Most of the jury in the lawsuit agreed that the woman suffered medical malpractice and was rewarded financial compensation. Reportedly, the woman’s doctor was suspended from the hospital earlier this year, but it is unknown if the reasons for suspension were related to the lawsuit.
Unfortunately, birth injuries to the mother and/or baby during childbirth are not uncommon. Sadly, injuries can result in life-long medical care and associated expenses. Massachusetts medical malpractice attorneys are able to examine a patient’s case and advise on available legal options based on the details.