I recently read an article about how much was paid out to families for “catastrophic” baby deliveries, and it was pretty eye opening. The Canadian Medical Protective Association did a review of 169 lawsuits filed in a nine-year period, at least 20 newborns died. 20.
The rest of the suits were for serious damage to the mothers or babies. Doesn’t that number seem high? One thinks of childbirth as a pretty routine procedure, but apparently not. All surgical procedures come with risk, I know that, but the report highlighted a number of issues that could have been avoided.
Doctors, like cops, protect their own, so it’s probably difficult to get much more information on these cases, but it serves as a warning that doctors are human and do make mistakes. I find it interesting the faith we put in doctors (and strangely enough financial advisors) and how reluctant we are to challenge either one.
Don’t be. Both are only human. Humans make mistakes.