It is common to associate brain injuries with a blow to the head, and you may not even be too concerned if you experience a mild concussion. However, factors going on inside the skull may lead to serious brain damage, even without a significant trauma. At Curtis & Lucero, we have counseled many people who have been victims of an acquired brain injury.
When a child is acting strange, it can be difficult to know whether their symptoms are indicative of something serious or not. Traumatic brain injuries can be deadly and require immediate attention, which is why it is important for parents in New Mexico to be aware of the symptoms.
After spending nine months growing in relative comfort, an infant must travel through the birth canal and into the world. During this process, the baby's oxygen supply could be compromised in a variety of ways. If the New Mexico medical staff attending to the mother and infant during labor and delivery fails to sufficiently monitor them both and react quickly to any problems, the baby could suffer brain injuries.
Attorneys usually litigate the cases against medical professionals and hospitals who exhibit negligence and cause harm to patients. Recently, an attorney who practiced medical malpractice law became the plaintiff in a case which rendered a large verdict. Readers in New Mexico may be interested in the details of the case.
Oxygen deprivation and the use of forceps can pose serious risks to infants during birth. Both factors can cause severe and permanent injuries if not addressed appropriately and in a timely manner. New Mexico parents expect that attending physicians will practice the necessary medical care in the birth process that will prevent fetal distress and brain injuries during the labor process.
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.
It is rare that lawsuits involving well-known academic hospitals and brain injury patients end up in a jury trial. Often, these medical malpractice claims are settled via mediation or in other more private ways before they reach that point. However, a recent verdict awarded millions in restitution that may give hope to those in New Mexico who have been through a similar tragic ordeal.
New Mexico residents who have found themselves in the middle of a medical malpractice lawsuit may be interested in hearing about a recent case in another state. The family filed a civil suit against multiple defendants after their baby suffered irreparable brain injuries. In this particular case, the jury issued a verdict of almost $30 million after finding that one of the doctors was negligent and veered from the standard of care.
When New Mexico individuals endure brain injuries, this can lead to a very long road to recovery. In most cases, recovery isn't even an option. Instead, one must sometimes live with hardship for their rest of his or her life. Sadly, a mother from another state is all too familiar with this situation, as this may be the life that her daughter has ahead of her. Because of a medical facility's negligence, her daughter suffered unnecessarily, and she is now filing a medical malpractice lawsuit citing negligence as the cause of her baby's brain injuries.
Being able to bring a beautiful baby into this world is supposed to be one of the most joyous times of one's life. However, when complications arise during the pregnancy or delivery, it can result in devastating -- and sometimes irreparable -- injuries to the baby. If the harm was avoidable, it is crucial that the parents become familiar with their legal rights as well as the rights that they have concerning their baby in regards to potential medical negligence. This is something that one couple from a state outside of New Mexico has done.