The birth of a child is supposed to be a joyous occasion. And many times, when doctors conduct their duties appropriately, it is a loving memory many mothers cherish. Sometimes though, mistakes and inattentiveness take hold, resulting in serious harm to the mother, the child or both. A recent settlement against a University of California hospital illustrates the dangers of a botched birth.
The settlement came out of an incident that left a child with severe brain damage. The child will essentially be unable to walk, talk, or do other things that many consider life worthwhile. Her injury occurred when doctors failed to conduct a C-section, even though the mother had been in labor for seven hours and the child was in danger. Doctors claimed the mother opposed the procedure that could have led to a normal birth, but the mother had previously signed a written consent authorizing doctors to perform the operation if needed. The $9 million settlement that was recently approved will mostly be used to pay for the child’s long-term medical care.
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