Acts of Negligence Result in Birth Injuries
When a woman becomes pregnant she and her unborn child will be under the care of an OB/GYN (Obstetrician/Gynecologist), whose duty is to provide the mother-to-be with the medical care that she and her baby needs. This medical care, which is to ensure that both mother and baby are in perfect health, usually starts during pregnancy and goes on through labor until pueperium, which is about six weeks after childbirth (some women, though, regularly consult with an OB/GYN even prior to becoming pregnant). Part of this care is the recommendation of the best prenatal vitamins, the performance of routine check-ups to make sure that the baby is neither underweight nor malnourished, and is not suffering from a folic acid deficiency or from any birth defect. Weeks prior to labor, the physician should also make sure that the placenta and the umbilical cord are in healthy positions and in proper health and that the size of the baby is not too big to keep him/her from passing through the birth canal safely, otherwise this can result to a birth injury if no alternative delivery method will be made.
The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter discusses in its website how even one critical mistake by a doctor or a nurse during delivery can forever alter the life of a newly born and his/her family and, sad to say, birth injuries, the Lassiter law firm continues, are not isolated medical malpractice cases as 6 out of 1000 babies born in the US are affected by it.
It is the primary duty of physicians to provide the level of medical care and attention expected of them. Thus, if a doctor fails to provide the standard of care required in the medical field, he/she runs the risk of causing serious injury, illness, or even death, to patients.
Even medical experts explain how acts of negligence have resulted to birth injuries which, in many instances could have easily been prevented. Some of these negligent acts include:
- Failure of the doctor to prescribe the necessary vitamin and nutrition regimen to the mother; check the unborn baby’s health and overall condition inside the mother’s womb; and, perform all necessary tests
- Failure of the doctor to perform (or not perform) an emergency C-section or cesarean surgery
- Failure of the doctor to properly monitor the infant’s condition through the different stages of pregnancy
- Twisting or pulling the infant improperly during the delivery
- Improper use of birth-assisting tools, like the forceps
- Administration of the wrong amount or type of medicine to the mother, either during pregnancy or during labor
As pointed out by Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, children are always left to struggle with the consequences of birth injuries for the rest of their lives, while parents are faced with constant worry and costly medical expenses about their child’s future for a lifetime.
Though the birth injury may be irreversible , all three mentioned law firms advise the families of babies suffering from a birth injury to consult with a highly-competent legal professional immediately for the compensation (from the liable party) that the law may allow them to claim which, hopefully, will help in the financial needs of the injured baby.