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HOW MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CAN CAUSE BIRTH TRAUMA

HOW MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CAN CAUSE BIRTH TRAUMA

Out of all of the negligently caused injuries that can occur at the hands of a medical professional, a birth injury can prove to be the most devastating, as a joyous occasion can quickly turn traumatic when a child is forced to endure the consequences of a doctor's inexperience and/or careless mistakes. Unfortunately, statistics show that six out of every 1,000 newborns suffers an injuryduring birth each year in the United States—whether because of a preventable medical error or because of a complicated delivery. The process of giving birth must be handled with the utmost care by the attending physicians, as one misstep could prove to be catastrophic, but when the proper level of precaution is not taken, an innocent child could be left with an injury that will negatively impact them for the rest of their life. These injuries can be caused by a number of medical mistakes, including:

  • Failing to address fetal distress
  • Failing to implement a cesarean-section birth
  • Incorrectly using forceps/vacuum
  • Utilizing an unnecessary amount of force
  • Failing to supply oxygen to the infant
  • Failing to treat an infection
  • Administering dangerous medications
  • Administering the wrong dosage of medication

When any of these mistakes are made by an obstetrician and/or an attending nurse, the potential for a birth injury to develop is severely increased. An infant may suffer from asphyxiation or even suffer irreparable physical trauma, and the consequences of such can prove to be permanent in nature. Not only will this change the course of the child's life, but it will have an inevitable impact on the parents, as well. A serious injury may require lifelong medical treatment and rehabilitative therapy, various medications, special accommodations and regular trips to the doctor. For this reason, the law allows for the victims of such medical negligence to pursue compensation from the responsible individual and/or party through a lawsuit. By following up an unnecessarily caused injury with legal action, the child may then have a chance to lead a normal life—or as close to it as possible.

COMMONLY SUSTAINED BIRTH INJURIES

Unfortunately, many negligently caused birth injuries turn out to be permanent in nature. Whether an infant was handled with too much force during the delivery process or they were deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time, that child may grow up with irreversible nerve damage or brain damage, they may be partially or fully paralyzed or they may even develop a serious condition like Cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy. All of these ramifications are irreversible, and will likely require prolonged care and treatment. For this reason, if your child was carelessly injured during the birthing process and they now suffer from any of these conditions, it is important to know that you have rights. By enlisting the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible, you may have the opportunity to recover necessary damages from the medical professional that you hold responsible.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR OPTIONS

If your child has suffered a serious injury at the hands of a medical professional, it is important to understand what rights you possess under the law. By consulting with a Tampa medical malpractice lawyer from the Florida Law Group as soon as possible, you can explore your options and get started on recovering the compensation that you and your child deserve. By filling out and submitting a free case evaluation today or by calling our office directly, we can review the specific circumstances of your case and provide you with the answers that you are looking for. Take action today with the help of our firm.


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