Physicians in New Mexico who choose obstetrics and gynecology as a specialty typically understand that they must care for their primary patients and their unborn children before and during delivery. There are certain protocols in place to which physicians must adhere during the birthing process. When they are not followed, terrible circumstances can occur. Recently, three women have filed medical malpractice claims against one physician whose actions they feel caused the death of one baby and significant neurological damage to two others.
The lawsuits claim that the OB/GYN physician responsible for delivering the babies was remiss in intervening during the labor and delivery process, despite the evidence of fetal distress. The lawsuits claim that one mother gave birth and then watched as her infant took over 10 minutes to breathe while experiencing seizures. The 20-year-old woman’s son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after birth.
Two other cases involve the use of the drug Oxytocin, which is used to induce labor. This drug, if used improperly, can result in extreme contractions, which can restrict the flow of oxygen to the baby. In one case, a lawsuit states that this led to permanent brain damage to the infant.
Victims and family members in New Mexico facing similar tragic circumstances could benefit from contacting attorneys who have experience in medical malpractice law. Unexpected expenses can result from such situations, specifically with regards to medical bills due to hospitalization and ongoing medical treatment after being discharged from the hospital. Attorneys in this field will be able to discuss the various legal options available, and they can assist in recovering losses, as well as establishing funding for ongoing medical care.
Source: Houston Chronicle, “3 Houston women sue obstetrician for ‘mismanaged’ births“, Blake Paterson, Oct. 15, 2016