Distracted Doctors: An Unacceptable Cause Of Birth Injuries
“Where’s the doctor? We have an emergency.”
Those are words no one wants to hear in any medical situation, including during labor and delivery. Distracted doctors can cause a lack of prompt attention and proper care can lead to lifelong devastating consequences or death. Seconds count. And while there may be a valid reason in some instances in which a doctor is not in attendance when he or she should be, being preoccupied with one’s own personal activities for self-benefit is not one of them.
In 2017, noted Miami attorney Richard “Bo” Sharp served as lead counsel in the $33.8 million Federal trial victory of Dixon v. USA. The verdict was the largest medical malpractice verdict that year in Florida, and today remains the largest medical malpractice verdict ever recovered in Miami-Dade County. It was also a hallmark reminder of an important fact: Do ctors should stay focused on work while on the job.
The case was based on the negligent actions of an OB-GYN who was busy on the phone with his investment advisor finalizing a real estate transaction rather than addressing a fetal heart rate emergency being experienced by the unborn infant of one of his patients. As a result, the baby suffered severe injuries. Making matters worse was the fact that the doctor created false medical records related to the situation in order to hide his errors — and then lied under oath about it.1
Doctors, nurses, midwives, and/or other medical professionals may be legally liable in instances in which a doctor is not in attendance during a labor or birth emergency. Parents and families whose infant has been the victim of a medical malpractice negligence birth injury usually seek accountability in the form of justice and fair compensation.
Mallard & Sharp, P.A.’s goal is to obtain justice for families whose infant has been the victim of a medical malpractice negligence birth injury. Mallard & Sharp, P.A. is dedicated to providing clients with the path to justice and financial recovery. The noted record-breaking law firm continually handles cases that involve distracted doctors including infant birth injuries, maternal birth injuries, medical malpractice, as well as any other provable acts of negligence that have caused catastrophic injuries or wrongful death to individuals.
For further information, or to inquire about expert legal representation for a potential medical malpractice negligence birth injury lawsuit case, contact Mallard & Sharp, P.A. at 305-461-4800.