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Mother awarded $33.8M after negligence causes baby's brain injury

Imagine this -- a woman is in the final stages of labor. She and her unborn baby are at the mercy of the hospital staff, and the crucial moment is fast approaching. It is almost time for the baby to make his or her entrance into the world... and the doctor leaves the delivery room. That's exactly what happened to one woman in another state, and her baby suffered a brain injury as a result. Although this case was not in New York, similar medical mistakes occur in this state as well. 

The woman's pregnancy was not considered  high-risk. In fact, everything went smoothly both for her and her baby until the very last moments, when her doctor began to make a series of mistakes. First, she was given a drug to increase the strength of her contractions. This caused her to need a cesarean section, yet the procedure was never performed. Then the doctor began to leave the room.

The suit states that the physician left the room a number of times while the woman was in labor. One of those times, he was apparently engaged in an eight-minute conversation with his stockbroker. At birth, the baby was limp and his skin had turned blue. Although the medical team was able to revive him, he was left with irreversible brain damage.

The woman sued in federal court, and was awarded the multi-million dollar judgment. When the negligence of a doctor or medical staff member causes a brain injury in New York, a personal injury attorney with experience handling medical malpractice cases can help determine whether legal recourse may be available. Armed with that guidance, decisions can then be made about the the best course of action to take in order to pursue recovery of monetary damages. 

Source: americanow.com, "Doctor Hit With Lawsuit Over Disturbing Act", Sean Kelly, June 2, 2017

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