Birth Injuries in Military Hospitals are statistically twice as likely according to the New York Times. More than 50,000 babies are born at military hospitals every year, and they are twice as likely to be injured during delivery as newborns nationwide, according to the New York Times. According to a Pentagon study in 2012, Pregnant mothers in 40 percent of military hospitals were more likely to hemorrhage after childbirth than at civilian hospitals. In 2012, roughly 2,500 cases of maternal hemorrhage were recorded in military hospitals, about 760 more than the civilian benchmark. Maternal hemorrhage can lead to hysterectomies and sometimes maternal death.
When military doctors use forceps to assist in delivery, mothers were about 15 percent more likely to be injured than mothers nationally. From 2009 to 2011, according to a New York Times analysis, the rate at military hospitals was twice the national average.
In 2011, 5 in every 1,000 babies born at military hospitals suffered some kind of birth trauma. The national average is less than half that rate.
While military hospitals strive for patient safety, they often fall short. From 2006 to 2010, the government paid an annual average of more than $100 million in military malpractice claims from surgical, maternity and neonatal care, records show. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the annual payout would triple if active duty service members were not barred from suing the government for injuries incident to service.
If you or a family member was injured in labor and delivery at a military hospital, it is important to talk with a lawyer experienced in both birth injury and FTCA cases as soon as possible. The FTCA statute of limitations requires claims to be presented within 2 years of the date of negligence, usually an infant’s date of birth in many birth injury cases. Our lawyers have obtained some of the highest verdicts and settlements in the history of the FTCA in birth injury cases. If you have questions, make sure you get a copy of all prenatal and labor and delivery records and consult with an experienced lawyer today.