A little girl developed cerebral palsy as a direct result of negligence on the part of the doctor delivering her. The jury found for the plaintiff in the case.
â€œThis is a disturbing case in which the clear signs and symptoms of a baby being in distress were not acted on promptly, with devastating results,â€ said Robert Webb, an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with Webb & Dâ€™Orazio, a law firm specializing in personal injury, malpractice, criminal defense, and business law.
This story began when the expectant mother-to-be went for one of her regular checkups. The results of her non-stress test showed her baby had a low heart rate, at which point the doctor suggested labor be induced. On the doctorâ€™s advice, the parents agreed to go ahead with an emergency C-section. â€œThe problems began after the doctor induced labor. He decided to not do the C-section. This is the point where the babyâ€™s life changed forever, because she was not getting the oxygen she needed to her brain, which caused cerebral palsy,â€ Webb said.
At trial, an expert witness for the parents pointed out that the baby also suffered additional injuries, compounded by the fact that labor had been induced, and then a vacuum applied for extraction. Of interest was the fact that the doctor who performed the delivery said she did not consider doing a C-section, because she saw no signs that there was anything wrong with the baby. The personal injury lawsuit filed suggested that had a C-section been performed as originally planned, she would not have been born with cerebral palsy.
â€œCases like these are difficult and exceedingly complex, largely because of the medical issues involved, and the type of testimony required to persuade a jury. Most medical malpractice cases need expert witnesses to testify that what a doctor did was not up to the accepted standards of the profession. Getting a case like this to court takes a long time to mount a solid case, and needs experienced counsel at the helm to present the evidence,â€ Webb said.
For families that feel they have been the victim of medical malpractice, make the first call for advice to a competent and experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer. The first consultation is free and may cover what a medical malpractice case involves, how one is put together, what to expect in court and what to expect in terms of a possible jury award.
â€œIf you think you have been the victim of medical malpractice, feel free to give my office a call. Thatâ€™s my job, to answer your questions and help you understand what you may be facing, should you have a case,â€ Webb said.
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