The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. has been sued for medical malpractice that allegedly resulted in severe and permanent birth injuries, including brain damage. The D.C. medical malpractice lawsuit filed in late July 2020 alleges that GW Hospital and the other medical malpractice defendants breached the applicable standards of care by failing to perform a timely C-section and instead relying on a spontaneous vaginal delivery to deliver the baby. The District of Columbia medical malpractice lawsuit seeks $50 million in compensatory damages.
The D.C. birth injury medical malpractice complaint reportedly states, in part: “As a result of the negligence of these defendants, the Infant Plaintiff has suffered severe, permanent and irreversible brain injury. He will not grow to enjoy a normal childhood, adolescence or adulthood, will not take place as a normal, productive member of society and has sustained neurocognitive and neuromuscular deficits.”
The 11-page complaint reportedly alleges that the mother went into labor while at the hospital for treatment of an intestinal strep infection, on December 31, 2008. She was 39 weeks pregnant. The baby’s heart rate was being monitored and showed decelerations to as low as 39 beats per minute followed by a heart rate higher than normal. The doctors treating the mother could not detect a fetal heart beat at times, according to the medical malpractice lawsuit.
The plaintiff alleges that her cervix remained closed for almost two hours, preventing vaginal delivery. The plaintiff alleges that the defendants were required to perform a C-section under the circumstances in order to comply with the applicable standard of care. The complaint states, “Had the defendants complied with the national standard of care, a cesarean section would have been conducted in a timely manner, and the Infant Plaintiff would have been born without having sustained any brain damage whatsoever.”
The plaintiff alleges that her baby was deprived of oxygen while in utero due to the failure to timely deliver by Cesarean section. The baby was born in a flaccid state and had to be intubated and suctioned. The mother and baby were discharged from GW Hospital on January 3, 2009.
GW Hospital states on its website: “The birth of your baby is an extraordinary event and the George Washington University Hospital would like to thank you for allowing us to participate in this memorable experience. Throughout your pregnancy, including preconception preparation, we can create a warm and nurturing environment so that you’re comfortable and well informed. You can rest easy knowing that an expert obstetric team will work together with you to maintain the health and well-being of you and your baby.”
If you or your baby suffered serious harm during pregnancy, labor, and/or delivery in Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia) or in any state in the U.S., you should promptly find a D.C. medical malpractice lawyer, or a medical malpractice lawyer in your state, who may investigate your birth injury medical malpractice claim for you and represent you and/or your baby in a birth injury medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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