Man and Wife Sue Kaiser Over Alleged Botched Delivery
4-11-2013 19:14:00

LOS ANGELES (CN) - A wife and husband are suing Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Southern California Permanente Medical Group and doctors at the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Hospital where they say negligence was the cause for “tragic” injuries to their newborn baby during labor and delivery.

Vincent Ngo claims he witnessed medical negligence during the birth of his son, Matthew Ngo, which caused injury to both Matthew and to Vincent's wife, Nella Valencia. Ngo, who represents his son ad litem, says the unspecified injuries caused mother and child “great physical, emotional and nervous pain and suffering” that, among other things, will result in permanent disability to their son and “loss of enjoyment of life.”

Valencia claims she has suffered “severe emotional distress arising from the abnormal event of participating in a negligent delivery and reacting to the tragic outcome with fright nervousness and shock, grief, anxiety, worry, mortification, shock, humiliation and indignity.”

Ngo says he too suffered “severe shock” from the certain knowledge that his son “was being injured from negligent and delayed medical care during labor and delivery. This negligent medical care was obvious to and within the common knowledge of the average layman. Plaintiff was contemporaneously aware that his son was being injured during the labor and delayed delivery. As a result of witnessing his child and wife being injured, plaintiff suffered severe emotional distress.”

When it was all over, the family was charged with medical bills, literally adding insult to injury.

The plaintiffs are suing for medical malpractice, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress and loss of consortium. They are seeking general and special damages, medical expenses and loss of past and future earnings.

Bruce G. Fagel represents the plaintiff.