The following blog is provided as an example of a Kaiser medical malpractice lawsuit to aid potential clients in how a lawsuit is examined and conduced. It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as UC Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Methodist, or Sutter.
(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)
According to Plaintiff: The minor plaintiff was born at term at defendant Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Sacramento, California on August 9, 2005. He was delivered by non-elective C-section because of fetal distress. He appeared normal and had normal Apgar scores at birth.
Plaintiff, the infant’s mother, had developed gestational diabetes during this, her first pregnancy. The gestational diabetes was well controlled with diet and medication. The infant’s birth weight was slightly more than 7 lbs, which was well within the normal range. However, because of the risk of infants of diabetic mothers developing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), the infant’s blood sugar was checked four times during the first 24 hours of life, pursuant to Kaiser’s protocol. The first measurement was 45mg/dl (the lower limit of normal), the next two measurements were 65 and 66, and the final measurement was 47.
The plan was for the infant to be breast-fed. The medical records reflected that the infant was not breast-feeding successfully on the first day of life. Accordingly, he required supplementation with formula at five hours of life and again at 10 hours of life. A lactation consultant saw the Plaintiff and the infant on August 10, 2005, and, per her chart notation and testimony, she was unable to facilitate initiation of successful breast-feeding.
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