Birth injury lawsuit filed alleging prenatal negligence

A $5 million birth injury lawsuit has been filed by a mother claiming that negligent prenatal care on the part of medical personnel caused her daughter to suffer a severe neurologic injury.

According to the lawsuit, on June 2, 2010, the plaintiff was admitted to the labor and delivery unit of a hospital at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where her husband, a United States Army Captain, was stationed. As the healthcare professionals were agents of the federal government, the United States of America is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

The plaintiff’s daughter was born after 13 1/2 hours of delivery. Immediately following the birth, the baby developed interventricular hemorrhage and intracerebral hemorrhage, the lawsuit claims. According to the complaint, negligence on the part of medical personnel caused the girl to suffer post-birth seizure-like activities and a neurologic injury, caused by a lack of oxygen.

The lawsuit claims that the hospital staff failed to properly monitor the mother prenatally and during labor, failed to perform a cesarean section when the baby was in distress, failed to properly monitor the fetal heart rate and failed to detect that the baby was suffering from respiratory failure and was hypoxic.

Hypoxemia or hypoxia occurs when the body lacks oxygen. This dangerous condition can cause severe birth injuries, including injuries to the liver, brain and other organs.

The lawsuit seeks damages for past and future loss of income, past and future medical expenses and permanent impairment of earning capacity.

Paul Greenberg is a Chicago birth injury lawyer with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit