Car accidents often occur in a matter of seconds. During that fleeting moment the human body can be subjected to extreme forces and exposure to many sources of harm. Drivers and passengers in moving vehicles continue moving until some external force stops the individual’s inertia. A collision will often cause the body to abruptly change direction.
Traumatic brain injury affects roughly 1.7 million Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brain injuries result in 52,000 deaths each year. The CDC says that 17.3 percent of traumatic brain injuries are the result of a motor vehicle accident.
A rear-end collision, for instance, causes the body to abruptly move toward the rear of the vehicle; toward the point of impact. In a head-on collision, the body is propelled with great force toward the front of the vehicle.
Jury says doctor liable for birth injury in medical malpractice suit
A jury recently heard a medical malpractice case that arose over injuries sustained during child birth roughly 18 years ago. The 17-year-old teen, who turns 18 later this month, reportedly suffered a brain injury during childbirth that is alleged to have resulted in a number of developmental problems for the New York teen. The young woman suffers from cerebral palsy and other health issues.
The Post Star reports that doctors induced labor on a 22-year-old woman on February 24, 1993. An expert reportedly says the fetus suffered “fetal asphyxia” due to a compressed umbilical cord during labor. The obstetrician-gynecologist disputed the finding, saying there were no indications of distress to the fetus or compression of the umbilical cord during the labor.
The doctor and a midwife were accused of violating policy by leaving the hospital for a period of roughly four hours during the labor. Testimony at trial showed that the obstetrician-gynecologist was later called to the hospital at 5 a.m. on February, 25, 1993 to perform an emergency Cesarean section. The doctor reportedly arrived a 7 a.m. The surgery did not begin until 8:14 a.m.
The jury found the midwife was not responsible for the brain injury that the baby suffered. The jury found the doctor liable for medical malpractice and awarded damages.
A wrongful death lawyer in Portland, OR will be able to understand these cases. Personal injury attorneys like the ones found at www.karnaslaw.com understand these types of lawsuits.