While the experience of pregnancy, labor and giving birth to a newborn
is one of life’s most rewarding and greatest of gifts, the process
of giving birth can be dangerous for both newborns and mothers. Medical
advances have significantly reduced many of the risks associated with
the birthing process.
However, expectant mothers and their infant children are still at a risk
of injury as a result of mistakes made by medical professionals, doctors,
nurses and midwifes alike.
Medical malpractice that occurs during birth can have extremely serious consequences, some
of which may affect a newborn infant for the rest of his or her life.
In other cases, medical errors result in serious injuries to mothers,
sometimes resulting in significant medical complications.
Medical Malpractice and Causes of Birth Injuries
All pregnancies must be properly managed, not just those that pose a high-risk
due to maternal age, lifestyle choices, medical history, underlying conditions
or complications. From the early sonograms to the time of birth, doctors
and health care providers must follow the medical standards of care to
protect the mother and child. The following are examples of the kinds
of mistakes that can lead to serious birth injuries, for both mothers
Unreasonable delay in performing a Cesarean section – A Cesarean section, also referred to as a “C-section,” is
a method of non-vaginal
delivery that is employed when there are conditions present that may put either
the mother or the infant at risk. If emergency conditions arise during
birth requiring a C-section go unnoticed and the delay in performing the
procedure results in injury, victims may be able to bring a lawsuit.
Failure to monitor fetal vital signs – The risks of oxygen deprivation to the fetus during childbirth are well-documented,
and failure to monitor fetal vital signs may be actionable medical malpractice
in many cases.
Improper use of medical instruments – Modern childbirth often involves the use of many medical instruments and
devices, some of which have the potential to cause serious injury if they
are used incorrectly.
Failure to diagnose medical conditions – In circumstances when a woman has been undergoing prenatal medical care,
physicians have a duty to recognize and diagnose any medical conditions
that the mother or fetus may have that may complicate birth. Failure to
do so may constitute medical malpractice.
There are many other medical errors that could potentially result in a
birth injury, and anyone who suspects that they or their child has been affected by
medical malpractice should have their case evaluated by an experienced
lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact an Atlanta Birth Injury Attorney to Schedule a Free Consultation
Medical malpractice claims resulting from birth injuries are often very
complicated and highly contested. No one deserves to be injured by substandard
medical care. It is important for birth injury victims to retain competent
and experienced legal counsel in order to make sure that a case is brought
to a favorable outcome.
Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. are dedicated to helping hold negligent
medical professionals accountable for their actions. We work on a contingency
fee basis, meaning that you will not pay any legal fees to us unless we
bring your case to a successful resolution. To schedule a free consultation
with one of our Atlanta medical malpractice attorneys, call our law firm
today at (404) 869-8600.