Three medical malpractice lawsuits were filed in one day against a Pasadena obstetrician, alleging that their deliveries were mismanaged, resulting in death to one infant and serious harm to two more. The lawsuits claim that the doctor failed to properly intervene in the deliveries, despite clear evidence of fetal distress.
One of the infants was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after taking 10 minutes to breathe after delivery. Another baby died 15 minutes after being delivered in 2015. The third infant was left with severe permanent brain damage. Two of the births allege that Oxytocin, a drug used to induce labor, was improperly used. When used improperly, Oxytocin can result in excessive contractions, which reduces oxygen flow to the infant. In 2014, the obstetrician was ordered to complete 20 hours of medical education in high-risk obstetrics and to pay a penalty of $3,000. It is unclear if that investigation is connected to any of the women in the lawsuits.
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor who fails to competently perform his or her duties. Doctors aren’t expected to perform as the best in their field with every patient, but they are expected to use reasonably skillful and careful treatment. If they deviate from that standard of care, and the deviation causes the patient harm, they can be held liable.
Medical malpractice cases in Texas can be tough because of state laws, but they are not impossible to win. If you have been harmed by a doctor or another health care provider in the Houston area, call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Call us today or visit us on LinkedIn.