The birth of a baby is one of the greatest experiences anyone can have. In the midst of the excitement, however, many parents experience the unfortunate and catastrophic event of having a newborn baby or mother harmed by medical negligence. Birth-related medical malpractices can happen when either a medical practitioner (physician, nurse, or other medical staff) acts negligently and causes the injury. Negligence occurs when the medical practitioner has failed to use a reasonable sense of care during the medical treatment.
If you or someone you love was hurt during a birth-related medical malpractice injury, seek the advice and support of a qualified attorney. A medical malpractice experienced attorney can guide you through understanding your options and determining if you have a valid legal claim against the medical practitioner.
There are many are many birth-related injuries that can transpire during either the parental care of a mother or during childbirth. Further, when deciding to file a claim, there are also several elements that should be considered. This article will highlight a few of these elements; however, in order to obtain the full scope of your claim, consult the advice of a proficient medical malpractice attorney.
Different Types of Birth-Related Injuries that Can Happen to the Mother and Infant
When a medical expert fails to provide a reasonable sense of care to an expecting mother and the developing fetus or newborn baby, there are various careless acts that can cause injury. A few examples of medical malpractice, which could cause birth-related medical injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Failing to regulate a mother’s blood loss after the delivery of the baby
- The failure to monitor the unborn or newborn baby’s oxygen
- Injury to the newborn baby in the delivery or after-care
- The doctor’s negligent decision to deliver the baby prematurely
There are also countless other forms in which a baby or a mother can suffer injuries before or during the child’s birth. If you are unsure if you have a valid claim, speak to a qualified medical malpractice attorney who can guide you through your options. Birth-related injuries not only cause distress to an entire family, it can also quickly result in high medical costs. Unfortunately, many of these medical costs can sometimes last a lifetime. With the help and support of a qualified attorney, you can help to recover some, if not all, of these costs.
Wrongful Birth Claims
When the parents of a newborn baby claim that the medical practitioner should have informed them about the baby’s impending birth defects, this type of claim is known as a wrongful birth claim. This particular form of claim is significant for those parents who have determined that they would have terminated the fetus had they known about the condition.
In wrongful birth claims, the doctor can be found liable if he or she is found to have been negligent in the following:
- The failure to conduct the proper genetic testing before conception
- The failure to detect a fetus’ physical or mental impairments
With the support of a qualified attorney, a family can receive compensation that could help to cover the costs of the baby’s disorder. With the help of the restitution received, parents can pay for any medical costs associated with the disorder as well as any future educational therapy. Similarly important, parents can also seek compensation for any emotional pain and suffering they may have endured associated to the birth and upbringing of the child.
Seek the Support of a Qualified Attorney
Medical malpractice laws can be highly complex and cause unnecessary stress. Additionally, many states have set laws which restrain the time in which a victim can file a claim. These time restrictions are known as statute of limitations.
If you or someone you know seeks to file a medical malpractice claim for a birth-related injury, speak to a professional attorney who can guide you through the process. An attorney will help you understand the necessary qualifications of a medical malpractice claim.
Attorney Richard Rohde is vastly experienced in medical malpractice cases. He understands what is needed to pursue a medical malpractice claim and knows what evidence is needed. ROHDE LAW OFFICE, APC can provide the assistance needed to give your claim the best opportunity at being successful.