Most babies are delivered safely by doctors, obstetricians, midwives and gynecologists, but sadly, some are injured during the birthing process. Six out of every thousand children born each year in the U.S. are injured during birth, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Injuries can occur if the mother’s pelvis is too narrow for the baby to be delivered; as time passes, the baby can lose oxygen resulting in brain damage. On the other hand, a portion of birth injuries are due to negligence of the doctor during delivery.
Besides birth injuries having long-term consequences, parents of babies injured during birth are burdened with large bills. To pay for these costs, most parents have no choice but to file a birth injury lawsuit against their negligent delivery doctor.
Birth injuries during delivery can result in a number of ways: if the medical practitioner is undertrained for delivering babies, or has failed to stay up-to-date on the latest medical advances. Injuries can also occur if the delivery doctor is inattentive, doesn’t communicate with other delivery staff, is exhausted or simply inexperienced.
Common mistakes during the birthing process include:
- Incorrect dosage of medication
- Use of unnecessary force
- Failing to properly use forceps
- Lack of oxygen
- Failing to notice and correct fetal distress
- Not performing a cesarean section if required
- Failing to follow up with patients after delivery
If your baby was injured during birth, you should first seek medical treatment. After, contact a medical malpractice attorney at Parvey & Cavenago for a FREE consultation. Birth injury claims can be extremely expensive, and trying to represent yourself in this type of lawsuit is not smart. In order to win a case against the medical facility, your attorney must prove the hospital knew or should have know about the doctor’s reputation for neglect, but still allowed him to deliver babies.
You don’t have to go it alone; present and future medical bills, home care, lost wages and your child’s suffering can feel like an uphill battle. Parvey & Cavenago are here to give you expert advice and support to prove the negligence of your baby’s medical practitioner.