Possible Complications With The Birth Process
Medical Malpractice and Causes of Birth Injury
Pregnancy, labor and birth of a child can be rewarding, fulfilling and inspiring. But even if everything goes right, it can be frightening because of unfamiliar feelings, strange medical terms, detached doctors and the potential for harm. All parents are anxious, and depend on their doctors and other health care providers to guide them through this important time. Most physicians help to pull the parents through, and deliver healthy babies. Sometimes, however, the birth process does not go the way it should.
No doctor intends to cause harm to a baby. Whether because of inexperience or inattention, doctors sometimes make mistakes. These mistakes can have catastrophic effects on the new lives they are bringing into the world, as well as the lives of their families.
What can go wrong?
Pregnancy must be properly managed, and the baby must be regularly and accurately monitored. From the initial sonograms to the time of birth, doctors have a legal obligation to follow the medical standards of care to protect babies and their mothers. Failure to follow these standards can lead to pregnancy complications and birth injuries.
When obstetricians make mistakes, babies can suffer a lifetime of medical problems like cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, seizure disorders and developmental delays. In the worst cases, these mistakes can be fatal.
Should I contact an attorney?
The reality is that most physicians have insurance. Just as you and I carry automobile insurance, doctors and hospitals have medical malpractice insurance. This protects them when they make a mistake, and more importantly, it protects those who they have hurt.
It can be difficult to properly raise a child with even minor birth injuries. Children who had their physical or mental possibilities taken away from them at birth deserve every opportunity to grow to their full potential. Those opportunities come at a cost—special therapies, adaptive technologies, and expensive surgeries. We will assemble a team of experts who will determine what your child will need to reach that potential. At the end of the case, you will have a customized life care plan, a roadmap to help you and your child navigate a better life.
If you want to know whether you and your child have a birth injury claim, contact us anytime at (855) 712-7818, or click here to request a free online consultation. Our firm has a proven track record of settlements and verdicts, and we have investigated hundreds of birth injury cases. You owe it to your child to explore your options.
For more information
This site is designed to be informative and educational, particularly for parents and family of children with birth injuries. If you want answers about why your child has a birth injury; if you need guidance about what you can expect for your child; if you want to know about available treatments and resources, you will find useful information here.
Here is a breakdown of some of the possible causes of birth injuries: