Birth-related cases of medical malpractice are very common across the world. They take place due to the negligence of the doctor or nurse at the time of birth. Such cases generally take place when the doctors fail to respond correctly to the labor or the delivery complications in a woman.
Dr. Bruce G. Fagel from the Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates is a renowned attorney and an esteemed name in medical malpractice cases in the USA. He is also a physician and knows what takes place in a hospital. He served as an emergency room physician before he decided to become an attorney in medical malpractice.
Closely examining the unique set of circumstances
Every lawsuit involving medical malpractice offers a unique pattern of circumstances, and the attorneys have to know and understand the science and the complex medicine involved in every case. This calls for a skilled legal team to work closely with their clients to know about the specifics of the case before they hire other skilled experts in the field of science and medicine.
Taking the help of experts in the field of science and medicine
Together they examine the connection between what has taken place and its resulting injury. Often a mistake goes unnoticed to the untrained eye, and delays and wrong steps impact the condition of the patient immensely. For instance, with some types of cancer, it does not matter at what stage they are diagnosed; however, with breast cancer, the outcome is severe, especially at the stage detected and the treatment options available for the patient at that time.
Winning a $38.2 million verdict for birth-related medical practice in the USA
Recently, his firm has achieved a $38.2 million verdict for a child who is now suffering from basal ganglia disease, a movement disorder, and cerebral palsy because of medical malpractice during birth.
Details of the case
In this case, the labor process has been stalled for about eight hours, and the obstetrician showed no concern as he believed both mother and child were healthy at the time. Another obstetrician again started Pitocin after this period and instructed the woman to begin pushing with a fully dilated cervix. However, after 10 minutes of pushing, the heart rate of the baby plummeted. The attending nurse performed intrauterine resuscitation; however, this was unsuccessful. After 10 minutes, the obstetrician tried doing a vacuum-assisted delivery thrice but failed. The obstetrician ordered a Cesarean section, and this was how the baby was delivered.
According to the Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates, after the baby’s birth, the Apgar scores of the infant that assess reflexresponse, color, muscle tone, respiratory effort, and heart rate were very low. The infant also was diagnosed with perinatal depression. Today, the child has motor impairments with cerebral palsy due to these sustained birth injuries and needs help with daily living.