The delivery of a child should be one of the happiest moments in your life. Even with the pain and discomfort of childbirth, it is still a miraculous event that most women cherish. Unfortunately, for some women this moment is tarnished, when they find that an injury that could have been prevented occurred during delivery.
When, in the delivery process, mistakes from the medical team cause harm to the mother or child, this can be a result of medical malpractice. If so, it can result in compensation for the injuries that occurred.
A healthy child is always the hope of any expecting parents. When a child is born and there are complications, it can impact the health of the newborn. It is important to know that some birth injuries cannot be prevented. The size and position of the infant during delivery can result in injuries that may not be preventable. There are risks with childbirth, both to the mother and infant. However, birth injuries caused by errors or poor judgment on the part of the medical team may be considered medical malpractice, with legal rights for compensation for the child and parents.
Types of Preventable Birth Injuries and Delivery Errors
When it comes to medical malpractice and birth injuries, it is important to understand what constitutes negligence on the part of the medical team and what is an unfortunate event. It is a sad fact that some infants can be harmed through the birthing process, and there is little that a medical professional can do to prevent this. However, there are birth injuries that happen as a direct result of poor planning, risky techniques or other errors in the delivery room. Some of these include:
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor
- Neglecting to monitor or react appropriately to fetal distress
- Poor preparation for large-sized infants or umbilical cord issues
- Delayed ordering a cesarean section when needed
- Wrong medications or treatment for infections
Preventable birth injuries can have long-term effects for the child and parents. While some birth injuries may be minor and the child may recover fully, others can impact the health of the child for the rest of their life. These can include cerebral palsy, brain damage from lack of oxygen, Erb’s palsy, and other conditions. The emotional, physical and financial impact can be devastating. Pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit cannot change the outcome of a birth injury, but it can help minimize the financial burden and ensure the child gets the medical care he needs.
Louisiana Birth Injury Attorneys
If you have a child you believe was injured during the delivery process, or due to other types of negligence from your medical team, please contact our team at Nelson & Hammons. For over forty years, we have specialized in medical malpractice law in Louisiana, including birth injuries. Do not hesitate to call – there are strict time limits on pursuing medical malpractice cases in our state. Call our Shreveport or Lafayette offices or fill out the online form to contact our legal team.