A newlywed couple is suing two Cooley Dickinson Hospital (CDH) doctors over an alleged improperly performed birth that left their newborn daughter permanently injured with cerebral palsy. The couple filed the lawsuit in early 2016 in the Hampshire Superior Court. According to the lawsuit, the doctors, Jay Sprong and Lisa Stephens, neglected to explain the risks of a vaginal birth after a previous Cesarean delivery (c-section).
Birth injuries due to physician negligence can have long-lasting, even permanent, effects on a child’s quality of life. When a child is injured before, during, or shortly after birth because of a medical professional’s negligence, his or her parents may pursue compensation for their related damages through a medical malpractice claim.
Below are a few common birth injuries associated with physician negligence. These are not the only injuries a child can suffer at birth. Others include Bell’s Palsy, subconjunctive hemorrhaging, and caput succedaneum.