Harmful Birth-Related Traumas That Can Cause Injury to the Mother or Infant
Medical specialists have an ethical and legal obligation to meet certain standards of care for their patients. Regrettably, many specialists fail to meet the standards and when the duty of care is breached during delivery, both mother and newborn have the potential to suffer strenuous and lasting injuries. When it comes to negligence in the deliver process, newborn babies are the most vulnerable, and they can be subject to medical error. This unfortunately leads to countless babies suffering from completely preventable injuries.
There are certain injuries that can transpire as a result of unexpected delivery complications and unforeseen circumstances. Other types of injuries are the result of carelessness or medical malpractice on behalf of the medical staff. If you have recently experienced a complicated delivery that resulted in your injury or your baby’s injury, it is encouraged that you seek the legal support of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Injuries caused as a result of medical negligence can result in financial compensation. Medical malpractice claims in the State of California are time sensitive; seek the legal advice of a specialized attorney who can guide you through the claims process.
Potentially Liable Medical Staff
Mothers across the state are in search of a birthing experience outside of a hospital delivery room. This can lead to many expecting parents to search for privatized medical assistance. The following is a short list of medical practitioners that could be held accountable for birth-related injuries resulting from negligence:
- An obstetrician
- Midwives or doulas
- General practitioners
Different Forms of Birth Trauma
With respect to a newborn, there are countless of birth traumas that can result in injury. It is worth noting that these injuries can happen during the delivery process or prior to the delivery. In many cases, severe trauma can result when the overseeing medical specialist fails to swiftly react to an urgent complication during the birthing process. The following are some of the most common forms of medical negligence that could lead to a newborn’s injuries:
- The failure to detect fetal distress
- A delay in detecting when a C-section is necessary
- Making a mistake during the C-section operation
- Incorrect use of a vacuum suction or use of forceps
- Umbilical cord complications
- Fetal asphyxia, which leads to infant brain damage
Seek Legal Support for Birth-Related Injuries
As a victim, there is nothing more frustrating than realizing that the pain and/or injury was caused by a careless or negligent medical specialist. Medical injuries caused in a delivery process have the potential to have lifelong consequences for both mother and newborn baby. If the injury was caused as a result of negligence, you have the legal right to seek financial compensation for the injuries. Seek the guidance of a skilled attorney who can help champion on your behalf.
The attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP are highly skilled and experienced in the field of medical malpractice claims. They have extensive experience in helping victims who have suffered injuries as a result of negligent medical specialists. They are dedicated helping victims of medical negligence obtain the financial compensation they deserve.
Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense — an honor achieved by only the top criminal law attorneys in California. Mr. Levine has over 40 years of experience in criminal defense and family law serving Southern California, and is a highly regarded Super Lawyer as well as AV Rated attorney.