In a case coming out of Georgia, military member, Sherecia Willis’s infant suffered a birth injury at Trinity Hospital in Georgia. Willis, an active-duty army member was ready to deliver her full-term baby at Trinity Hospital, a hospital that contracted with Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center for delivery services.
According to the Augusta Chronicle, more than two hours passed between the time the doctor initially examined Willis and the time when her baby was born. Additionally, it took the doctor a reported 22 minutes to change into scrubs while the baby was in distress. This led to a tragic outcome for the infant.
The army medical center settled its portion of the birth injury medical malpractice lawsuit for $6.67 million. The non-government defendants settled for $3.55 million. This compensation will be used to pay for the child’s past and future medical expenses.
Birth Injury Statistics are Staggering
According to the CDC, there are almost 600 infant deaths for every 100,000 live births. Considering the advancements in medical technology in recent years, infant mortality rates are considerably high. When a family experiences the injury or even loss of an infant, legal recourse may be the last thing on their minds. However, when medical negligence is responsible for a child’s birth injury, it is crucial to hold the negligent party accountable, to prevent similar incidences in the future.