Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable for Life Altering Injuries to the Defenseless

Birth injuries inflict untold amounts of pain and suffering on the family involved. During labor and delivery, damage can be caused to an infant’s brain, body, and future health. They often are so severe that they impair the child, sometimes permanently, altering their quality of life not only for the child, but for the family as well. The birth injuries that are not avoidable with standard medical care could lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit if a nurse or a doctor was negligent in any aspect of the labor and delivery.

Common Birth Injury Symptoms

There are less life-threatening side effects from birth injuries that may not cause severe injuries to the child, but if left unchecked, can lead to even more complications later. Some of the side effects that are linked to birth injuries are as follows:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain damage or spinal cord damage
  • Quadriplegia
  • Monoplegia
  • Triplegia
  • Paralysis
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscle damage

Malpractice leading to birth injuries can take any of the following forms:

  • Provision of inadequate prenatal care 
  • Failing to diagnose or treat serious complications 
  • Incorrectly using assistive devices and causing cerebral palsy or brachial plexus injuries 
  • Performing an unnecessary C-section 
  • Failing to perform a C-section in an emergency 
  • Failing to monitor the baby and mother during labor 
  • Anesthesia errors 

Types of Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice

The primary cause for birth injuries caused by medical malpractice is careless negligence when handling the newborn or unborn child before, during, and after delivery. Trained doctors, nurses, or other healthcare professionals should have the knowledge and skills to safely handle childbirth, no matter how complicated. However, some healthcare professionals do not uphold the expected standard of care and forget the stakes in their position, resulting in serious injury or death. Example of these mistakes include:

  • Lack of aftercare for mother and/or child
  • Failure to administer necessary tests for the mother before delivery
  • Failure to diagnose maternal infections
  • Failure to recognize fetal distress and lack of oxygen

If your child has suffered from birth injuries caused by medical malpractice, contact us today. (909) 345-8110!

Understanding Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice

Birth injuries caused by medical malpractice can be prevented. Healthcare professionals take steps to reduce fetal distress during the delivery procedure, minimizing the odds of birth injuries occurring. Alternatively, the delivery room is not the only place that birth injuries can occur. Birth injuries can also occur in the uterus if a doctor prescribes the mother medication without checking to see if the mother is pregnant. Certain drugs severely harm a developing fetus, causing developmental delays and long-term injuries to the fetus.

Some birth injuries can be caused by the child’s genes. However, it is the responsibility of the doctor or other health care professional to communicate the defect with the mother if it has a strong chance of harming the child upon birth. In some cases, parents may be blindsided upon delivery if their child suffers a severe defect or is incompatible with life. For this reason, medical professionals have a solemn responsibility to provide as much communication and compassion as possible.

Some Birth Injuries May Go Unnoticed

When the child is born, there is a small chance that the child suffered a birth injury but is not showing symptoms. These often take the form of mental impairments that are caused by a period of oxygen deprivation during the child’s delivery. Even if the deprivation was minor, symptoms may still show months or years down the road. In such cases, the child will likely miss developmental milestones like learning how to crawl or walk. When numerous milestones are missed during the child’s development, it may be a sign of a birth injury.

If you have any suspicion that your child has been victim of a birth injury, contact our team of attorneys today by calling (909) 345-8110!

National Birth Injury Attorneys

Finding out that a child has been severely injured due to malpractice can be a parent’s worst nightmare, especially since the standard procedures set in healthcare lessen the chance of malpractice occurring. If your child has suffered from a birth injury caused by the negligence of a medical professional, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our medical malpractice attorneys are compassionate and experienced in assisting those who are suffering from medical related injuries. If you choose to file a lawsuit, and it is successful, you could obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain, and suffering, future care bills, or other damages.

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