Delivery-related negligence can be very harmful. Such medical negligence can cause infants to suffer serious birth injuries. Sadly, such negligence can sometimes even result in an infant's death.
Recently, a medical malpractice case involving allegations of delivery-related negligence has arisen in Missouri. The case involves a woman who received medical care after experiencing preterm contractions during a pregnancy. The woman claims that negligence occurred in connection to this care.
The woman alleges that a cesarean section should have been performed, but that instead a traditional vaginal delivery was attempted. The woman further alleges that actions taken during the vaginal delivery attempt resulted in her infant son dying and her infant son's head being severed from his spine.
It has also been alleged that negligent actions occurred after the infant died that resulted in the woman being subjected to physical pain and suffering.
In connection to the above allegations of medical negligence, the woman has brought a lawsuit in a court in Missouri against two doctors and two medical groups. According to the Courthouse News Service article which reported this story, this lawsuit is asking for damages.
As the allegations in this wrongful death case illustrate, great harm can be caused when medical professionals act negligently while providing care in relation to the delivery of a child. Thus, one hopes that medical professionals are held accountable when they commit negligence like that alleged in this case. One also hopes that all medical professionals make sure to not engage in delivery-related negligence.
Source: Courthouse News Service, "Infant Death Lawsuit Laced With Gory Details," Joe Harris, Oct. 2, 2012
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