Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting times of your life. The anticipation of who your baby will look like, who they might grow up to be and what life will be like with your new addition is just wonderful. There seems to be so much to look forward to, it’s difficult to imagine that things could go wrong. Sadly, for some mums-to-be, the reality of a negative birthing experience is all too real. Birth-related medical malpractice is all too common.
Severe injuries to the mother, the infant and debilitating medical conditions such as cerebral palsy or brain damage can completely change the lives of those affected. It’s because of this reason, that many families choose to pursue legal action. Not only does this give families a sense of justice, but it also helps to prevent this kind of devastation from happening to anyone else. Here we’ll look at why you may have a birth-related, medical malpractice case. If you think you have a case, then you should seek legal advice as soon as you feel ready to do so.
You and your baby have been neglected by the medical team
When the standard of care expected falls below what is received this is when serious injuries and complications arise. It’s distressing for everyone involved. This doesn’t just happen during labour; it could also be something that was overlooked during pregnancy. Here are some of the most common forms of childbirth negligence.
- Failure to monitor the baby’s heart rate properly
- Failure to spot signs of the baby’s distress during labour/pregnancy
- Delayed response in dealing with complications during labour
- Failing to request assistance from senior medical staff in time or not at all
- Mother being turned away from the maternity unit despite showing signs of serious complications and problems
Your baby has suffered a brain injury
There’s nothing more serious or devastating than knowing that your baby has sustained a brain injury. Although there are different types of brain injury and varying degrees of severity, they are all equally distressing. Here are some of the most common.
- Anoxia – this is when your baby is completely deprived of oxygen. This can have a life-changing impact. Even if it’s just for a few minutes.
- Hypoxia – hypoxia happens when there is a limited amount of oxygen reaching your infant’s brain, again like anoxia just a few minutes in this state can have life changing consequences.
- Head trauma – improper use of equipment such as forceps can damage the neck and head and potentially cause brain damage.
Your baby has suffered shoulder dystocia
Shoulder dystocia occurs when your baby’s shoulder becomes stuck behind your pubic bone during delivery. Although a birth complication, this only becomes a birth injury when subsequent damage is caused to your baby’s neck due to poor management and direction from your medical team. This can result in nerve damage and development problems.
This is just a small insight into potential birth injuries. If you believe that you and your baby we’re victims of medical malpractice then speak to a solicitor for advice.
Many thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve found this post useful in some way on birth-related medical malpractice.