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Infant dies after woman is forced to give birth in jail

All pregnant women in Maryland, regardless of their situation, deserve to have their births attended to by medical professionals who can ensure that their delivery will go smoothly and that their child will not be injured. Unfortunately, this is not what happened to one woman in another state who was forced to give birth unassisted in a jail cell.

The woman was in jail after being charged with possession. When she began going into labor, the jail staff did not believe her and the on-duty registered nurse was not called to the situation, nor was the woman taken to the hospital. The baby was born unassisted with the umbilical cord coiled around her neck, and she ultimately died. The woman had been to a doctor the day before the incident, and maintains that the baby was healthy and had a heart beat at that time. She has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit claiming the baby's death was due to the lack of proper medical care during the birth.

Although this particular situation may seem unusual, it is a true and unfortunate fact that birth injuries are all too common. When a child suffers a birth injury, it may be possible to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Conditions such as cerebral palsy can require long-term care. Other injuries such as an extractor injury, uterine rupture or placental abruption have the capacity to seriously injure or even kill a newborn infant if proper medical care is not taken during the delivery process.

Should a doctor or other medical professional fail to meet their duty of care, pursuing compensation may be the best way for families to obtain recovery for the many expenses they incurred due to the injury or death. In addition, such lawsuits may in some cases act as a deterrent, ensuring that similar mistakes are not made in the future.

Source: Texoma's, "Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Wichita County," May 22, 2014

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