The birth of a child is one of the most joyous occasions one can experience in a lifetime. But unfortunately it may also be a most terrifying experience when the pregnancy or delivery goes amiss.
Birth related injuries can often result in devastating, life-altering consequences for the infant and his or her parents. In 2006, nearly 157,700 injuries to mothers and newborns occurred during childbirth and may have been potentially avoided.
Though some birth injuries are unavoidable, many are the result of medical malpractice. Medical mistakes committed during pregnancy or during or just after delivery may result in permanent injuries to the infant. These include:
- cerebral palsy
- shoulder dystocia
- brachial plexus injury
- Erb’s palsy
- irreversible brain damage
- spinal cord injuries
- forceps injuries
- and even death.
How Do I Know if Negligence Was Committed During Delivery?
Birth injury as the result of negligence can occur in the following circumstances:
- Not recognizing or properly responding to fetal distress;
- Allowing the pregnancy to go beyond term without proper testing;
- Failing to act on changes in the mother’s condition during pregnancy;
- Causing or failing to respond to the umbilical cord being entrapped or compressed;
- Misuse of a vacuum extractor or forceps;
- Misuse of the labor-stimulating drug Pitocin (Oxytocin);
- Failing to promptly recognize and treat Shoulder Dystocia;
- Delay in ordering or performing a C-section;
- Poor resuscitation and newborn care after birth.
What Are Our Legal Rights?
The process of childbirth is extremely complicated and requires a high level of care on the part of doctors and other Labor & Delivery healthcare providers. Childbirth can unpredictable and often times complications can arise. Obstetricians are trained recognize these complications and make quick but prudent decisions to react to problems during childbirth. Unfortunately, the doctors or nurses may make a wrong decision from not being properly rested, lack of proper training in dealing with difficult circumstances or a variety of other reasons.
Contact a Lawyer Immediately
If you believe that your child’s injury, disability or death may have been caused by a health care provider during pregnancy or delivery, contact a Fodera & Long medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Our experienced trial attorneys can help you secure all of the compensation to which you may be entitled as a result of improper obstetrical medical care.