Medical malpractice relates to birth injury in cases where the medical professional charged with you and your baby’s care fails to provide appropriate care during pregnancy, during the delivery process, or shortly after the child is born.
To better understand birth injuries and how they can be caused by medical and/or nursing mistakes, first you need to understand the concept of medical malpractice. The following will explain what medical malpractice means, statistics and some general tips for selecting the right doctor and avoiding medical mistakes.
A birth injury is an injury that can happen prior to birth, during the labor and delivery process, or in the neonatal or “newborn” period. Injuries that occur during the prenatal period can be attributed to untreated infection such as Group B Streptoccoccus, placental insufficiency or abruption, and preterm birth causing respiratory distress and brain hemorrhage.
Labor and delivery injuries can be caused from a health care provider failing to recognize fetal distress during labor signaling decreased oxygen being delivered to the baby’s brain resulting in injuries to brain structures responsible for movement, cognition, vision, swallowing, and coordination. Additional injuries that occur during labor and delivery can be related to CPD or “cephalo-pelvic disproportion” whereby the baby’s head is too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis during the birthing process.
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Rasansky Law Firm negotiated a settlement of more than $10 million on behalf of an infant who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of medical and nursing malpractice. We have also obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements for children who suffered other types of birth injuries caused by medical malpractice.