Obstetrician malpractice can cause serious injuries to both you, and your child.
What happens when an obstetrician’s malpractice causes serious harm? For pregnant women this can mean serious injury or death occurring during the birthing process. For their babies, it could mean serious brain damage, cerebral palsy or even wrongful death. Brain damage during the delivery process could lead to a lifetime of necessary and ongoing medical care.
While in many cases, birth defects and birth injuries are unfortunate accidents which could not have been foreseen or preventable. Unfortunately, they quite often result from preventable medical mistakes that result from negligence, recklessness, or just a lack of experience. It makes no difference how the medical errors occur; the fact is, the result of those errors can change a person’s life forever. The most common obstetrical errors that can lead to serious birth injuries or harm include:
- Failure of the OB to perform proper testing during pregnancy.
- Improper handling of a medical or surgical instrument.
- Failing to provide treatment for a condition.
- Failing to act upon the need for a C-section in a timely manner.
- Failure to use proper techniques during delivery.
- Misinterpretation of the information on a fetal distress monitor.
Because of the area in which OBs and GYNs deal (the reproductive organs and reproduction), the most minor error in judgment or treatment can cause catastrophic results that could include life-threatening problems to the unborn baby. Sometimes the hospital and/or doctor also makes mistakes which can be quite devastating to the unborn baby.
Birth injuries related to medical errors.
When a healthcare professional makes an error that causes injury or death to a patient, the provider may be subject to claims of negligence or malpractice. While there are several consequences related to medical mistakes, birth defects are one of the most devastating.
While birth defects can be caused by genetic, environmental, factors that are unknown, there are also many cases that are the result of inferior prenatal care or errors during the birth. Considering the fact that many birth defects can be detected (and sometimes even treated) in vitro with modern medical technology, it may be considered medical malpractice if a health care professional fails to diagnose a certain condition during gestation (one which any other doctor should have been able to detect and diagnose).
While the physical and emotional pain is often obvious, the families of these children can bear a substantial financial burden because of the long-term treatments that are necessary for these types of injuries. If you believe your child is a victim of obstetrical malpractice or malpractice prior to birth, one of our experienced lawyers can help you receive the compensation you justly deserve. Call 1-877-405-4313 and speak to us about your situation for free. We’ll explain your options, as well as what you can expect after we hear the facts of your case.