Improper Drug Use During Birth Resulted In Brain Damage To Baby Indicated Attorney Christopher Mellino of Mellino Robenalt
Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2013 – This $5.25 million settlement was paid by Wexner Medical Center in Ohio for a medical malpractice claim filed after the birth of a brain-damaged baby.
“This reported case was a troubling one for what it said about the medical care a mother did not get while in hospital; care she should have had every reason to expect from medical staff,” indicated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical negligence lawyer with Mellino Robenalt.
The mother was admitted to the facility in 2006, just as she was going into labor. It was April 28th, 2006. Her son was eventually delivered by C-section, the next morning, at about 5 a.m. The baby was born with a profound brain injury and he requires 24-hour care. “The family filed a medical negligence lawsuit against the 69-year-old obstetrician, who allegedly failed to manage the woman’s labor properly and who took far too long to make the decision as to whether a C-section was required. The delay in performing the surgery resulted in the baby being born with brain damage,” Mellino outlined.
At trial, two medical experts provided testimony that a drug, Pitocin, was not administered properly during the birth. It is used to increase contractions during labor and in this instance, decreased the blood supply and oxygen to the baby.
This claim is the second largest paid out by Ohio State’s medical center. It appears their track record for medical negligence claims is disturbing and includes at least 11 malpractice cases, since 1996, for a total payout of $25.66 million. They also had to pay out $7.3 million to a plaintiff as a result of not responding properly to her respiratory distress, an error that cut off oxygen to her brain. She has no awareness of her surroundings and cannot talk or walk.
“If you suspect you have been a victim of a hospital error, or medical negligence, you need to discuss your case with an experienced Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. You have rights, and you need to know what those are and how to proceed with a medical negligence suit and what to expect. It is best to also keep in mind that not all bad outcomes with a physician are considered to be malpractice,” Mellino added.
Mellino Robenalt LLC
75 Public Square #1020
Cleveland, OH 44113
19704 Center Ridge Rd.
Rocky River, OH 44116
- More People Filing Medical Malpractice Claims for Chronic Pain
Both the number of pain management specialists and medical malpractice claims for pain management-related injury and death increased between 1980 and 2012, according to results of a study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ 2014 Annual Meeting. But one statistic does not explain the other. “We found that pain claims increased by 6.3 percent for every 10 years, whereas the number of pain anesthesiologists increased by only 2.0 percent per 10 years,” Dr. Kelly Pollak told attendees. Since claims have changed in type and increased in severity, researchers hope anesthesiologists and doctors administering analgesics and opioids will take note […]
- Children Become Victims of Medication Mistakes Every Eight Minutes
After reviewing a decade of poison control hotline data, researchers determined that 63,358 children were the victim of a medication mistake each year, Reuters reported. According to Forbes, 400 suffered serious injury and 25 died in that 10 years. Both Forbes and Fox News suggested those numbers may actually have been higher, since some parents may not have realized their mistake, others may have turned to Google instead of the poison control hotline, and still more may have been worried about the police getting involved. Who’s Making These Mistakes and How Can They Be Prevented? “Most studies have focused on […]
- Man Awarded $1.5 Million After Medication Mistake During Botched Cataract Surgery Causes Blindness
A man has been awarded $1.5 million in damages after his surgeon used the wrong drug and blinded him during cataract removal surgery, outpatientsurgery.net recently reported. The surgeon should have used ophthalmic dye VisionBlue; instead, he used the methylene blue his nurse handed him. “Both the nurse and a surgical technician testified that they announced what the drug was before it was given to [the doctor], but he testified that he didn’t hear them,” the article stated. The patient underwent a second procedure and a corneal transplant after the mistake, but neither restored vision to his left eye. He also […]