A mother whose infant daughter was injured because the delivery was not carefully monitored has been able to move her case forward thanks to the efforts of a New York medical malpractice lawyer. The problem began on the day of delivery, when the mother went to a Manhattan HIP Center and was examined by the defendant, the attending physician on call. The doctor then left the hospital and had no further contact with the mother. Although the mother was placed on a fetal monitor, she began the labor process on her own with no medical personnel present, and she remained alone until part of the baby’s head had emerged from the birth canal and she was forced to hold it in the palm of one of her hand. At that point, her husband ran out and found another doctor standing in the hallway, and this second doctor, along with several nurses, completed the delivery. NYC Medical Malpractice Attorneys in the Bronx and Brooklyn are often involved in this kind of case.
Shortly after the deliver, the baby, an infant girl, began suffering from serious respiratory difficulties. She was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit, and placed in a ventilator. Although the medical records of this time were incomplete, it is clear that the baby remained in the ventilator for four days, and in the neonatal intensive care unit for twelve. The girl currently suffers from cognitive and developmental problems, and from seizure disorders. These problems will require lifelong medical care.
The mother brought an action against the attending physician on call. The attending physician claimed that no doctor-patient relationship had been established, and that the doctor was therefore not responsible for the delivery. The mother claimed that the doctor had told her that the doctor would be the one who would deliver her baby, and further, that the doctor had examined her when she was admitted and was present during the early stages of labor. Ultimately, the court determined that a jury could find that the attending physician on call was responsible for the damages caused to the baby girl by the partially unattended birth.