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Couple awarded $11.5M for delivery errors

Oregon obstetricians are entrusted with the health and safety of mothers and newborns. Parents expect to leave the hospital with a healthy baby, but that does not always happen. Delivery errors can shatter that dream.

For example, an out-of-state woman went into labor in Nov. 2010. During labor, the baby experienced breathing problems that the parents say were not properly monitored or attended to, and the child continued to deteriorate as the woman's labor continued. When it came time to deliver the baby, the obstetrician attending the birth decided to use forceps in order to hasten delivery.

The parents 2012 lawsuit alleged that the doctor did not use the forceps correctly, and the infant suffered severe brain damage. Now, the child requires constant care and will for the rest of his life. Furthermore, they claimed that the electronic patient record of the infant was somehow tampered with in order to hide evidence of what went wrong.

The case finally went to trial, which lasted for two weeks. After nearly a day of deliberations, the jury decided that the obstetrician and midwife did not provide the woman or her child with the appropriate standard of care. The parents were awarded approximately $11.5 million, which will be used to provide for the child throughout his life.

Too many Oregon parents can empathize with this family's situation. They, too, retain the right to file a medical malpractice claim when the evidence suggests that delivery errors occurred. If the court rules that the mother or child did not receive the appropriate level of care, damages could be awarded that could help with the current and future medical and other needs.

Source: omaha.com, "Jury awards $11.5 million to Omaha couple in medical malpractice lawsuit over child's birth", Russell Hubbard, Oct. 26, 2016

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