Posted on August 10th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
A jury out of Maryland awarded a couple $1.85 million last month for the wrongful death of their baby boy, who died only two days after a difficult birth. On July 5, 2005, the couple planned to welcome their first child, a son, but met with a tragedy instead. While in delivery, the plaintiff experienced complications and her doctor advised the couple to choose vacuum extraction. Two days later, the babe died of complications arising from bleeding between his skull and scalp. The couple allege that their doctor was negligent when he failed to explain the risks of using a vacuum in delivery.
They claim that if they had been properly informed of the risks of the procedure, they would have waited for an emergency C-section. Although the judgment was substantial, the plaintiffs’ attorney said that it would send a message to health care providers that they cannot breach standards of care and fail to involved patients in critical decisions without dealing with the consequences. If you have ever lost a loved one or were injured because of a health care provider’s negligence, it is important that you know your options.