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Common birth injuries caused by negligence

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Common birth injuries caused by negligence

Every expectant mother wants a smooth delivery when it’s finally time to welcome their bundle of joy into the world. However, it is not always the case. A simple mistake before, during or shortly after birth can result in lifelong complications for both mother and child.

It can be harrowing to learn that you or your child will have to live with a condition or disability that was preventable but for the negligence of the medical professionals involved.

When does medical negligence during birth occur?

Avoidable mistakes can happen before the actual delivery. For instance, a doctor may fail to notice and treat conditions that could complicate the delivery process, such as high blood pressure, obesity, maternal infection or diabetes.

Similarly, blunders in the delivery room can be deadly. The medical team may fail to detect and address fetal distress, delay in conducting a C-section or improper use of forceps, leading to injuries to the mother or child.

Slip-ups after birth are also a possibility. The delivery team may fail to monitor the baby’s vitals, treat newborn jaundice or close any wounds on the mother or child, leading to infections. The bottom line is that all these scenarios are avoidable if medical professionals uphold a high standard of medical care.

Holding the negligent parties liable

Such cases of medical negligence can result in untold pain and suffering, not to mention the financial burden of righting the wrongs. As such, it is necessary to take appropriate action against the negligent parties. Filing a medical malpractice claim is a step towards getting the justice you deserve.

However, it is in your best interests to reach out for help on how to go about it since medical malpractice cases are unlike any other personal injury claims. The complexities and legal technicalities involved can be overwhelming if you do not have experienced guidance.