A mother in San Diego recently filed a lawsuit against the Naval Medical Center for alleged negligence which resulted in the birth injury of her child. The baby was born with permanent brain damage due to a lack of oxygen during delivery.
The medical facility where the child was delivered is a government-operated hospital, which means that the U.S. government is named as a defendant along with the doctors, nurses, and other staff involved. The mother filed the suit late last month on behalf of herself and her child, and is seeking $15 million in damages for all past and future medical bills as well as pain and suffering.
According to the mother, her pregnancy had already been determined to be high-risk due to her medical condition and history of premature births, but the medical staff at the Naval Medical Center failed to act appropriately. She claims that she and the baby were not monitored closely enough during delivery.
Also, the lawsuit claims that the staff called for immediate delivery at 8:00 a.m., but “the physicians and nurses inexplicably waited until nearly 10:45 a.m. to deliver (the child) by C-section.”
The mother contends that the defendants should be held responsible for the injuries to her son because of this avoidable delay before doing the C-section. The baby was diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which means oxygen deprivation, soon after birth. The brain damage caused by the birth asphyxiation reportedly led to further impairments that were not specified in the suit, but could include dysfunction in the heart, lungs, kidneys, or liver; all of which have been linked to HIE.
As the baby grows older, he is likely to struggle with impaired motor function, growth delays, and developmental issues.
Donald G. Targan & Associates., P.C. – Atlantic City birth injury lawyers