Two Childbirth Injury Stories That You Should Know About
As common as childbirth is, one can never be too certain of the potential complications that come along. In any instance, mothers should be fully informed of any and all implications they may face. Below are two examples of childbirth injuries and malpractice that resulted in lifelong ramifications.
Erica Byrom – Maryland
Almost five years ago, 16-year-old Erica Byrom entered Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Maryland with complications. Erica was experiencing high blood pressure from preeclampsia and the medical staff gave her inaccurate predictions about the possible outcome of the birth – saying they her baby would die or suffer brain damage if she decided to have a cesarean section.
Taking the health care providers advice into consideration, the soon-to-be mother underwent a vaginal delivery unbeknownst that she would have major consequences of that decision. Erica’s daughter, Zubida, was born with brain damage due to lack of oxygen and developed severe cerebral palsy as a result of the alleged negligent care.
All of these childhood injuries could have been avoided if the medical staff accurately diagnosed Erica’s potential complications and gave her the correct information from the beginning. This scenario became the largest-ever medical malpractice verdict in the United States when she was awarded $229.6 million.
Stephanie Giberson – Pennsylvania
Another malpractice incident happened to 38-year-old Stephanie Giberson from Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. She was having serious pain and complications and requested a cesarean section, but the medical staff refused and insisted she go through with a vaginal delivery. Due to the misguided advice of the doctors, Stephanie sustained tears to her perineal muscles and anal sphincter, and now suffers from urinary and fecal incontinence. Dr. Keren Hancock delivered her baby who ended up being stuck in the birth canal and not breathing when delivered, causing the baby to be born with collapsed lungs. Bucks County jury found Dr. Keren Hancock liable for the entirety of
Gerberson’s injuries and Stephanie received $500,000 for future medical expenses and $10.5 million in pain and suffering, disfigurement, embarrassment, humiliation.