Delay In Diagnosis Leads to Birth Injury

Delay In Diagnosis Leads to Birth Injury

A recent medical malpractice lawsuit based on a delay in diagnosis and a physician's failure to act has been filed in Federal Court. According to the allegations, a physician and the health center where he worked acted negligently during the delivery of an infant child. The birth injury lawsuit claims that the doctor made serious errors in assessing the pre-term infant's conditions and that as the result of these errors and delays, the child suffered catastrophic injuries, and subsequently died. Had the infant's condition been timely diagnosed, the resulting harm could have been lessened, or even eliminated, according to the lawsuit.

The parent's claim for medical malpractice asserts that the mother came to the labor and delivery department in late January, 2013 with severe vaginal bleeding, rupture of the amniotic sac and poor variability on fetal heart monitor tracings – indicating a potential placental abruption, a dangerous condition. However, despite these generally recognizable symptoms, the doctor in charge did not identify the critical nature of the danger and failed to act quickly enough to order an immediate Cesarean section. Tragically the child was born after suffering prolonged hypoxia – oxygen deprivation to the brain – and died shortly after birth.

The birth negligence lawsuit asserts that the doctor was negligent by failing to act pursuant to the requisite standard of care. His negligent actions included failing to properly diagnose the dangerous condition and failing to act promptly address the severity of the danger. These actions deprived the infant of the potential opportunity to recover, according to the lawsuit. For more information or if you believe that you or a loved one suffered harm as the result of medical negligence, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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