Legal news reports that a woman has filed a medical malpractice suit against a large health care network following the death of her newborn son. According to reports, the woman has asserted that the physicians and staff caring for her and her son failed to provide proper medical care, and that this negligence caused her son's death.
While not all poor medical outcomes are the result of medical malpractice, when a health care worker fails to act in accordance with the standard of care for his or her profession and harm occurs - potentially a catastrophic injury or death - then it may be possible to file a successful medical malpractice claim. To determine whether a claim may exist in your matter, it is important to speak with an experienced California medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible, to protect your rights and determine your next steps.
In this instance the woman asserted that the doctors, nurses and other staff attending her during her labor and delivery failed to perform their duties up to the standard of care. This includes not properly monitoring her progress during labor, and not taking prompt action when the signs of fetal distress occurred. This led to a lack of oxygen and blood reaching the infant's brain, and he passed away shortly after delivery.
Unfortunately, the doctor involved in this medical malpractice claim has been the subject of multiple birth injury lawsuits. Being held responsible and found liable for medical malpractice does not necessarily affect a doctor's ability to practice medicine. Even if a doctor loses their license in one state, they may able to travel to a different state and practice there, potentially harming other patients.
Here, the doctor in question has also been cited in a separate lawsuit for failing to diagnose a stroke during pregnancy, which led to the mother suffering significant permanent cognitive and physical harm.
For more information, or if you or a loved one has suffered any type of harm, please contact the dedicated San Francisco birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for a free consultation.