If a medical professional makes a mistake while treating you, and you are harmed as a result of that mistake, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the medical professional. This is because there is a certain standard of care, under the law, that you should expect from doctors and medical professionals. When this standard of care is breached, you may be entitled to money damages for the pain and suffering that the breach caused. The mistake can include a wrongful action or a failure to act, otherwise known as an omission.
On July 23 of this year, Dylin Blanchard was born, weighing 1lb., 4 oz. He subsequently suffered from ventricular hemorrhages and neonatal seizures. Now, his mother, Latoya Blanchard, is suing the University of Chicago Medical Center, alleging that the doctors were negligent and careless when caring for her and her son. Further, she argues that their negligence caused her son to suffer severe developmental delays and cerebral palsy.
According to the Cook County Record, Blanchard first went to the University of Chicago Medical Center on March 28, 2011, when she sought out care from the Maternal Fetal Medicine and Genetics Department. She told her doctors that a previous pregnancy had ended in a miscarriage and she wanted advice about her current pregnancy. Over the next few months, she returned to the hospital regularly for check-ups. On July 21, she returned complaining of back pain. She was given an ultrasound, which showed a footling breech. This means that the fetus would be born feet-first, instead of the normal head-first presentation. At the time, she was given antibiotics for her back pain. Two days later, her son was born premature.
Blanchard’s lawsuit claims that the doctors should have done more to ensure that her son was not born premature. For example, the lawsuit alleges that the doctors could have administered progesterone to prevent a pre-term delivery. Blanchard is represented by attorney Ryan E. Yagoda. She seeks $50,000 in damages, plus attorney’s fees.
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