An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit over a birth injury that her daughter suffered during delivery, which resulted in the death of the child. The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court by Bianca Hernandez against two doctors and one nurse of the Northshore University Health System. The suit claims the birth injury was the result of medical malpractice.
The lawsuit alleges doctors failed to perform a Caesarean section, resulting in the death of the child, named Emma. The suit seeks significant damages for, among other things, loss of society, loss of companionship, loss of consortium and loss of affection.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was admitted to Northshore in April, 2010. She claims that the attending physicians failed to follow the standard procedures used by obstetricians in situations similar to hers. The lawsuit further claims that while the fetus was in distress, and displaying an abnormal heart rate, the doctors did not perform a C-section, and failed to order protocols for intrauterine resuscitation to ensure the well-being of the fetus.
Although the fetus was eventually delivered by emergency C-section, the child had experienced birth injuries that later proved fatal.
A nurse is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, as the plaintiff claims that she failed to properly gauge the intensity of the contractions during delivery, and failed to communicate crucial information to the attending physicians. The lawsuit claims that the child suffered Pitocin-related injuries.