The birth of a new child should be a beautiful time in your life. You’re putting faith in your doctors to help deliver a healthy baby that you can welcome into your family. You’re likely not expecting any complications, but what happens if something does go wrong?
Birth injuries can be a devastating experience for both the newborn and the parents. You’ve been waiting to bring your new child home for months, only to discover that a medical error may have dramatically affected your child’s entire life.
Birth injuries differ from birth defects as they are typically the result of an error or negligence during the labor or delivery process. The following are a few of the errors that may occur:
- The misuse of tools during the delivery
- The improper handling of the newborn during the delivery
- The incorrect distribution of the medication to the mother during labor
- The failure of watching the newborn’s heartbeat
- The inability of recognizing and treating signs of distress in the mother or newborn
- The inability to perform an emergency C-section
If any of these instances occurred during the labor or delivery process, you have the right to be concerned. The safety of the mother and the baby should be the top priority of the physicians in the room during childbirth, and they should take all necessary precautions to ensure nothing goes wrong. Negligence of the physician or any attending nurses can cause injuries such as cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, nerve damage and more.
Your child deserves to be born safely and healthily. If you believe medical errors contributed to any injuries, you should consult with a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help determine whether you have grounds to pursue a claim and receive compensation that can assist you with caring for an injured child.