Clarksville, Tennessee mother Sarah Sutton was awarded a $6 million settlement from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) after her infant developed cerebral palsy, The Leaf Chronicle reported. She had filed a lawsuit alleging negligence by BACH and an Ob-Gyn doctor had caused the permanent injuries.
She filed suit in Sept. 2008, claiming the doctor failed to perform a Caesarean-section quickly enough to prevent her daughter's brain damage. Cerebral palsy is often the result of inadequate oxygen to the brain during birth.
She said her midwife told the doctor she needed a C-section but claimed the doctor told her to keep pushing instead:
"I was perfectly healthy and took care of myself [during pregnancy], all for a doctor to be arrogant and not do a C-section on me."
Atlanta injury attorneys handle these types of cases and other claims of injury related to childbirth. Contact one if you believe a doctor's negligent is at fault.
Sarah Sutton claims she entered BACH's obstetrics clinic on March 3, 2006 with a fever, aches in her arms and legs and irregular contractions.
She and her baby were monitored that evening and through the next day. The attending physician, a contractor who took over the next evening, noted that the baby's heart monitor showed a decelerating heart rate after contractions began. This was the smoking gun that the doctor was negligent, according to her complaint:
"Late decelerations are a sign that the unborn child's brain is not receiving sufficient oxygen."
Sarah Sutton remained in labor until finally giving birth shortly before 6:00 a.m. the next morning. The baby developed breathing problems and was placed in an incubator for more than one month. She also claims that there were no pediatricians or respiratory therapists on call at the time:
"They knew I was having complications, and they did not have anybody there."
Contact an Atlanta malpractice lawyer if you have any questions about birth injuries and liability.