Birth injury case focuses on alleged extractor injury
With smart phones a part of everyday life, residents of Houston are likely to see people on their phones just about everywhere. However, using a phone during one's job may be contrary to the standards of care for that profession. Interestingly, a birth injury case in another state is demonstrating that on-the-job phone usage predates the prevalence of cell phones.
One of the most well-known birth injuries, cerebral palsy may be the result of a botched delivery process. In a birth injury case currently at trial, a family claims their teenage son's cerebral palsy was the outcome of a rushed decision to use a vacuum extractor during birth. The mother was in labor in March of 1998, and her physician, who is being sued for malpractice, believed she was too exhausted to continue pushing her premature baby out. The doctor decided to use a vacuum extractor device to pull the baby out.
According to the attorney for the family, the decision to utilize the extractor, which they claim caused the boy's condition, was due to the doctor's being in a hurry at the time. The physician was on the phone with a BMW service station prior to the boy's birth; the family argues the doctor was more concerned with getting his vehicle fixed than with patiently waiting for the mother to give birth naturally. Now, the parents are seeking compensation for damages for their 16-year-old's permanent disability.
Vacuum extractors are used in about ten percent of deliveries. Their use may generate controversy, as it is sometimes speculated that doctors use them to rush a delivery along rather than for legitimate medical reasons. In any case, it might be possible for a birth injury to result from the use of such a device. Families whose children may have been hurt by a vacuum pump may wish to speak with a Texas malpractice attorney for more information.