When birth injuries suffered by child or mother turn miracle into tragedy,
it is possible to bring a lawsuit for damages against the doctor, hospital,
or other healthcare support staff responsible. Medical malpractice is
an inherently complex area of law. Thus, the assistance of a skilled and
experienced medical malpractice attorney is a necessity. If you or your
child have been injured during childbirth in the state ofGeorgia, contact adedicated Georgia medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
Medical Malpractice is a Type of Negligence
Medical malpractice is itself a type of negligence. Negligence occurs when
a breach of a duty owed by one person, business, or institution to another
person results in damages. “Damages” is the legal term for
injuries, whether physical, mental, or emotional. The language “breach
of a duty” requires slightly more explanation. Human beings living
in society owe one another a myriad of duties. For example, there is the
duty of safe driving. When you enter the flow of traffic in your vehicle,
you owe a duty to your fellow drivers and pedestrians to drive safely
and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the road.
Just as drivers owe a duty of safe driving, doctors, nurses, staff, and
the hospitals they work for owe a duty to healthcare patients to provide
treatment in a competent manner that is consistent with state and federal
healthcare standards. This duty of competence is also termed a “standard
of care.” When a doctor, nurse, or staff member provides incompetent
treatment – that which is below the standard of care – the
duty has been breached. When this breach occurs during childbirth and
causes injuries to child or mother, medical malpractice has occurred.
In lieu of the breach and resulting damages, it is possible to sue for
pain and suffering (both physical and mental), the costs of any additional
medical bills, as well as future losses stemming from any long-term injuries
or disabilities suffered.
A Skilled Attorney Represents Clients in All Types of Birth Injury Cases
The types of injuries suffered by mother or child as a result of medical
malpractice are many. They include:
The consequences of these injuries may include physical disabilities, delayed
development, and permanent cognitive disabilities. If an injury or its
consequences are the result of a doctor, nurse or staff member failing
to exercise proper caution, react to a warning or sign of risk during
childbirth, or provide adequate care, it is possible to sue for medical
What to Do if You or Your Child Has Suffered Birth Injuries
If you or your child has suffered birth injuries, contact a dedicated and
experienced Georgia medical malpractice attorney. Anexperienced attorney will navigate the complexities of medical malpractice law, and work to
obtain the compensation you need and deserve for your losses and the trauma
you have experienced.