Nothing could be scarier for an expecting mother than experiencing complications during child birth…except experiencing child birth complications and not being able to get in touch with your doctor.
That is what happened to a woman in Connecticut when she went into labor and her obstetrician did not respond to calls placed on his home and office. The obstetrician was by her side only an hour earlier when he prescribed Pitocin, a drug that stimulates contractions. After prescribing what may have been an excessive amount of the drug, the doctor left without noticing that the unborn baby was suffering from distress related to its heart. The baby was born via an emergency Cesarean but suffered a lack of oxygen causing brain damage and five weeks later, death.
No one knows why the doctor was unable to be reached because a wrongful death lawsuit is pending against him. After the incident, the doctor was sanctioned by the Connecticut health department to the tune of $5,000. The doctor’s medical group also shut down, closing its doors on an estimated 5,000 patients.
The lawsuit seeks compensation for the injuries the baby suffered and the wrongful and untimely death suffered because of medical negligence. In New York, medical negligence is defined as a departure from good and accepted medical care by a physician in the community. If that departure is a substantial factor in causing the patient injury that could lead to the doctor or hospital having to pay compensation to that injured patient or their family.
To learn more about how these cases work, I encourage you to explore my website http://www.oginski-law.com. If you have legal questions, and I urge you to pick up the phone and call me at 516-487-8207 or by e-mail at [email protected] I welcome your call.
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