Programs are in place to cut down on early elective births of children, but Pennsylvania seems to be behind on this trend. Elective birth deliveries in Pennsylvania remain as high as 26.2 percent. It is felt that too many doctors are scheduling deliveries for as early as the 37th week.
According to the Director of Obstetric Services at the University of Pennsylvania, there are steps that can be taken by hospitals that would prevent birth injuries from occurring. In part, this involves employing staff members that can help in the coverage of obstetrics and various birth issues. Hospitals that employed such individuals saw as much as a 15 percent decrease in preterm deliveries or circumstances that led to the inducing of labor.
Wherever birth injury cases are held involving the accusation of medical mistake, it will likely be sometime before the matter is finally resolved. In a neighboring state of Pennsylvania, a verdict of $13.9 million dollars was returned, the verdict was later reduced to $9.7 million by the court, and the attorney for the doctor expected to pay the verdict is now attempting to have the judge replaced from the case as pertains to a variety of post-verdict issues that still require sorting out.
In one hospital alone, it has been alleged that negligent medical care caused the death of three separate infants during a 60 day period. In one lawsuit, the physician and medical providers are accused of not recognizing the symptoms of early labor. In another, cesarean delivery was delayed. And a failure to recognize fetal distress led to the brain injury of a newborn child that died four days later.
When a medical emergency comes up while a mother is in labor, doctors and staff must act promptly to prevent injuries to the mother and the baby. A failure to act decisively is one of the most common reasons for why birth injuries occur.
A jury verdict of $78.5 million was rendered in Pennsylvania concerning the birth injuries leading to cerebral palsy. The injuries that led to this malady came about possibly because of an 81-minute delay before a cesarean section was performed.