A Chesapeake, Virginia woman was recently awarded a $1.5 million verdict after jurors determined hospital staff at Chesapeake General Hospital were responsible for the stillbirth of her child. The plaintiff was in labor for almost four hours before a Cesarean section was initiated. Attempts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful.
The plaintiff (note: The Cochran Firm did not represent the plaintiff in this case) alleged numerous signs of fetal distress, an uncommon complication that can occur when the fetus does not receive enough oxygen. According to the medical malpractice lawsuit filed in Virginia, doctors were aware of the signs of fetal distress but did not take appropriate actions to mitigate the complications. Experts for the plaintiff testified doctors on call should have ordered a Caesarian section much sooner, claiming the fetus would have been delivered without harm.
While The Cochran Firm, D.C. did not represent the plaintiff in this case, our medical malpractice attorneys regularly file claims on behalf of victims injured by doctors who were negligent in their duties. We also provide legal representation in Virginia birth injury lawsuits. The law requires physicians to meet a certain standard of care when treating patients and our attorneys are ready to hold health care providers responsible if they fail to live up to their legal duties.
The standard of care is a legal concept that requires physicians to take basic, safe steps in treating their patients. Physicians must do what is reasonably expected of them given the situation they are faced with. Even if a fetus survives an incidence of medical malpractice during delivery, he or she may be left with severe injuries requiring long-term care.
By filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against physicians who negligently caused your child’s injury, you can recover for their pain and suffering, disabilities, and long term medical care needs. If your child suffered a serious birth injury, contact The Cochran Firm, D.C. for a free consultation. We have a team of investigators including registered nurses who can help investigate your child’s injury and determine if your physicians failed to live up to legal standards of medical care.