Mother And Child Sustain Life Altering, Severe Birth Injuries
Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2013 – A mother and her child were permanently harmed as the result of medical negligence during a prolonged delivery.
“This case revolves around a mother and child who were severely and permanently injured as the result of medical malpractice by the attending obstetrician. The mother was 29-years-old and was attempting to carry through with a vaginal delivery, despite her often voiced fears that the baby was too large. The sonogram indicate the child was 10-pounds,” explained Daren Monroe, of Litigation Funding Corp., Michigan.
During the 16-hour, hard labor delivery, the mother sustained a vaginal tear that ripped her anal sphincter open. The child was delivered blue, had no heartbeat and was not moving. Emergency resuscitation saved her. The mother filed a medical negligence lawsuit that alleged the doctor did not, at any time during her labor, indicate he would perform a C-section.
He did not respond to signs the baby’s shoulder was stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone and resorted to using forceps to deliver her. The forceps delivery caused severe damage to the mother and child. “The complaint also indicated that the obstetrician did not listen to the mother’s concerns about the size of her child and how it would affect the delivery process,” added Monroe.
The woman’s daughter is now four and has persistent weakness on her left side and speech and cognitive delays. The mother contends with fecal and urinary incontinence on a daily basis, as a result of the severe anal laceration sustained during her daughter’s birth. The lawsuit asked for damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress and disfigurement. The court awarded the mother and daughter a total of $4 million in recognition that neither of them would ever be able to fully recover from the injuries they suffered as a result of medical negligence.
“It is not clear if the plaintiff did use the services of a litigation funding company,” said Monroe, “but if she had, she would have been given a significant advance, based on the likelihood of winning her case. That money, also referred to as a lawsuit cash advance would have been sent directly to her bank account, once she was approved for pre-settlement funding.”
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