Medical malpractice ongoing problem in Tennessee

The birth of a child is typically an exciting and joyful experience for those involved. However, incidents of medical malpractice sometimes not only limit the joy of the moment but also turn a happy day into a tragedy that changes lives forever. In a case outside Tennessee, a judge recently awarded $9.6 million to a child whose brain injury was deemed to have been caused by doctor negligence.

The mother of the child was also awarded compensation in the amount of $250,000 for her personal pain and the emotional trauma she suffered due to her doctor's errors. During the woman's labor, records show that it became evident to the doctor that the baby's heart rate was in grave distress. It was also medically apparent that the woman would not be able to have a vaginal delivery.

Rather than take the immediate steps that such circumstances normally dictate, the doctor delayed in performing an urgently needed C-section. This resulted in the infant's severe brain injury, which has left her unable to walk, talk or function on her own in any way. She is fed through a tube in her stomach and also suffers from seizures.

The federal judge who ruled in the case stated that the child's brain injury was the direct result of medical malpractice. In Tennessee, a parent who believes that his or her child has suffered injury or illness because of a doctor's negligence is able to pursue legal action in the matter by filing a medical malpractice suit in a civil court. A first logical step to take in the process would be to discuss the details of one's situation with an experienced attorney in the area.

Source: mercedsunstar.com, "Judge awards $9.6M to child in medical malpractice case", Nov. 2, 2015

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