Early Discharge From a DC Hospital Causes Catastrophic Birth DefectsSerious Prematurity Case in DC Is Medical Malpractice

A hospital physician violated a simple patient safety rule - he didn't get all of the available information before he discharged his patient. 

This experienced doctor, an obstetrician and specialist at a respected hospital in Washington DC, believed his patient was only 23 weeks pregnant, and that the pregnancy was not yet viable, when he discharged her from the hospital.  Viability is generally believed to be when the mother is 24 weeks pregnantThe patient had experienced symptoms of preterm labor and other complications that would have caused him to recommend hospitalization, bed rest and other treatment to prolong the pregnancy if he thought she was viable. 

These types of determinations can only be made by an experienced physician. There is no way the patient would have know this on her own. But the doctor, a specialist, didn't calculate or otherwise check the gestational age of the baby she was carrying.  Instead, he used a sloppy, handwritten notation of the gestational age for his high-risk obstetrical patient that he or a resident had written in the patient's chart when she came in.  And he guessed wrong. 

The Baby Was Also Lacking In Proper Prenatal Care, Which Resulted In Preventable Birth Deffects

The baby, his patient, was carrying was over 24 weeks and viable at discharge, and the mom was at high risk for a preterm delivery.  The baby was born a week later without the benefit of prenatal steroids given to promote the baby's lung maturity, decrease the complications of Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) and Intra Ventricular Hemorrhage (IVH) common to severely premature infants. Prenatal steroids are routinely used in high risk pregnancies once the baby is viable. The child suffered from mild cerebral palsy, delays across all areas of cognitive functioning and respiratory issues. 

Our experienced DC birth injury lawyers were able to negotiate a significant settlement for the mother and baby. The settlement allowed his family to move to a home in a county that can provide greater resources for him, where he lives with his family.  It  will provide him with income for life in case his developmental delays reduce his ability to earn a living when he is an adult, as well as enough for medical care and treatment. 

Does Your Child Have Cerebral Palsy or Other Developmental Delays? Contact Our Experienced Birth Injury Lawyers Today At (202) 393- 3320!

If your child has cerebral palsy or developmental delays, their medical problems might be a result of medical malpractice in a DC area hospital. Our experienced and aggressive birth injury attorneys understand that the medical and caretaking expenses for a child with cognitive impairment and developmental issues can be significant. If the injury was caused by medical malpractice it's only fair that the doctor or facility should cover the costs to take care of your child. To learn more about how the process works call our birth injury lawyers now at 202-393-3320.


Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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