Shadow of birth injuries hangs over military hospitals

It seems most Texans would probably overwhelmingly agree that top-notch care should be given to everybody, but especially to returning veterans. Servicemen and women who are active in the military, as well as their families, are often treated at military hospitals rather than at other of facilities. However, recent incidents have made many wonder if the care received at military hospitals is up to par, and if negligence has caused birth injuries and other avoidable complications.

In one shocking 2010 birth injury case at Fort Sill in neighboring Oklahoma, a woman who was five months pregnant went to the hospital complaining of fever, pain and weakness. Hospital staff sent her home, though, with the recommendation that she get her wisdom teeth extracted. The young woman died shortly thereafter, despite being taken to a civilian hospital, where strong efforts were made to save both her and her baby, who also perished. According to medical experts later hired by the woman's family, her death was avoidable and could have been prevented via proper diagnosis and treatment at the military hospital.

There are roughly 50,000 babies born at military hospitals every year. These vulnerable little ones, though, face double the chances of injury during the delivery process than do newborns across the country. A 2012 Pentagon analysis also showed that mothers who gave birth in such facilities faced higher chances of experiencing a post-birth hemorrhage than did mothers in other hospitals. In May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel mandated a review of every military hospital to find out if these facilities were suffering from the same problems as those VA issues that are making headlines.

Due to their close connection with the government, those injured in military hospitals may be reluctant to seek compensation for injuries. They may assume the system is too stacked against them or too overflowing with red tape to allow for proper compensation. Nevertheless, if negligence has caused a birth injury to a newborn, the medical expenses can be enormous. Yet, these costs can pale in comparison to the emotional damage. Any Texan whose child suffers from birth injuries may benefit from contacting an experienced malpractice attorney immediately.

Categories: Birth Injuries