Let alone the emotional tragedy of a birth injury that causes life-altering affects to a newborn child, the financial toll of such an incident can be monumental. The medications, rehabilitative sessions and physical equipment that are commonly associated with such birth injuries can cost obscene amounts of money -- and these costs don't go away over time. A birth injury affects the entirety of a person's life, and the negligence that tragically and wrongfully put them (and their family) in such a position should not go unpunished.
In 2000, an expectant mother was in labor at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital when her physician and nurse failed to determine the presentation of the baby's head. They also failed to diagnose that the expectant mother was experiencing cephalopelvic disproportion, a condition that means the baby's head is too large to fit through the mother's pelvis in natural childbirth.
Since the 1970's, the number of C-Sections in every 100 births has catapulted from a mere five to 31. Understandably, there has been quite a bit of debate surrounding the increasingly large amount of these surgeries being performed in the United States. Some defend it as a viable solution for preventing birth injuries stemming from complicated deliveries. Others worry about the harm done to the mother, who will take longer to recovery and faces a higher potential for complications during future pregnancies.