ST. LOUIS — Parents are suing physicians and medical facility for alleged negligence during their child's birth.

Reuven Roth, by and through his parents and personal representatives, Jefferey Roth and Deena Roth, filed a complaint Sept. 13 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Dr. Albro Tobey Jr., Dr. Robert Becker, The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, now known as BJC Healthcare System, et. al., alleging the defendants failed to meet the standard of care as expected by any patient being admitted to their care and facility.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on May 9, 1991, Deena Roth was admitted to the defendants' care to induce labor and receive Pitocin by intravenous administration. Deena Roth claims doctors used forceps on the baby's head and that during delivery she sustained a fourth-degree laceration. As a result, plaintiff's' son, Reuven Roth was diagnosed as having mental disorders, developmental delays, seizures, violent behavior, speech delay and autism. 

The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to discover the mother's bipariental diameter was too narrow, small or inadequate to allow her baby to be delivered vaginally; failed to inform the patient of alternative delivery by a cesarean section; and failed to recognize the high-risk pregnancy.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in an amount in excess of $25,000 and for such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and fair under the circumstances. They are represented by Lucy M. Davis of Lucy M. Davis in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC11323

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