Liability for Birth Injuries to Babies
What happens if your baby sustains birth injuries during labor and delivery? Can anyone be held responsible?
Having a child should be an exciting and safe experience, but unfortunately, questions of liability can arise if your child has sustained severe injuries because of a medical professional leading up to the birth or in the labor and delivery room. Determining liability for baby birth injuries is important and should always be handled by an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Childbirth can be difficult and there are many different things that can go wrong, but when a doctor or other medical professional fails to act with the same standard of care that another person in the same situation would, this can prompt a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Some of the most common reasons for baby birth injuries include failing to keep the child from getting stuck in the birth canal, failing to ensure that the child is positioned appropriately before and during delivery, failing to monitor the child or the mother during childbirth to assess problems early on, failing to handle a breach delivery appropriately, failing to use forceps or any other medical instruments properly or failing to determine whether or not the mother’s pelvis is of the proper shape and size for a traditional vaginal delivery.
A number of different baby birth injuries may result and these can have a significant impact financially, physically, and emotionally on the child and his or her parents. These issues can include broken bones, facial paralysis, cerebral palsy, brain damage, cerebral hemorrhage, spinal cord injuries and shoulder dystocia. All of these can have long-lasting repercussions and can generate significant medical bills. New parents should not have to cope with preventable baby birth injuries, but if this has happened to you and your family, you need to consult with a knowledgeable birth injury attorney immediately.