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Lawsuit: Doctor errors caused birth injuries

Many parents in New York and across the country dream about their children's future as soon as they learn they are expecting. They often wonder what kind of student their children will be and what sort of career they will choose for themselves. Unfortunately, a lawsuit claims that the dreams that parents in another state had for their son were drastically altered due to doctor errors that led to birth injuries.

The child at the center of the lawsuit was born in Oct. 2005. The lawsuit claims that the doctor in the case attempted a vacuum extraction despite the fact that the woman's pelvic area appeared to be too small for a safe vaginal delivery. The lawsuit accuses the doctor of incorrectly positioning the vacuum on the back and side of the baby's head, rather than the top. Reports indicate that the delivery took significantly longer than the one to two minutes that the procedure normally takes, and the baby's heart rate dropped to a dangerously low rate.

In addition to the errors during the delivery, the child's mother claimed that the doctor did not fully explain the procedure and potential consequences. If he had, she claims, she would not have agreed to it. As a result of the doctor's actions, the baby was unresponsive upon delivery and will suffer lifelong effects as a result of brain damage. Following a $4 million jury verdict against the doctor, the city -- which owns the hospital -- opted to settle.

In certain situations, there are children born in New York who have health issues that no amount of medical interventions could have prevented. However, some children suffer as a result of birth injuries caused by doctor errors. For those parents and their children, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit may be the best option to ensure that victims of medical malpractice and their families can afford to provide necessary care.

Source:, "Memorial Hospital, doctor sued after infant delivery results in brain damage", Pam Zubeck, Aug. 2, 2017

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