Medical Malpractice as a Cause of Birth Injuries


July 16, 2015

When an expectant mother waits in a hospital bed with the anxious dad at her side, the anticipation of the birth of a new member of the family can be a time of pure joy. However, this joy can be abruptly interrupted by the discovery that the parents' infant has suffered a delivery or birth related injury. Parents might expect that birth injuries are highly unlikely in a hospital setting when a pregnant mom is surrounded by a team of medical professionals who can include an obstetrician, nurse, anesthesiologist, and other medical team members. Birth injuries occur at a rate of six to eight out of every thousand live births annually in the U.S., according to MedScape.com. The website also reports that medical errors and omissions account for 2 percent of neonatal and stillbirth deaths in the United States.

While some injuries to infants that occur prior to birth, during delivery, or following birth might be resolved with minor medical care, many birth injuries result in permanent physical and mental disabilities. If your newborn baby or toddler has been injured by a negligent hospital, doctor's error, and/or nurse's mistake, you might have the right to pursue a medical malpractice claim for compensation.

Although financial compensation will likely not be a parent's first concern when his or her child suffers a severe birth injury, the cost of caring for a child who needs lifetime assistive care can be financially overwhelming. Our Georgia lawyers consistently strive to be the best Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorneys when representing parents facing the emotional and financial challenges of raising a child suffering from the effects of a severe birth injury.

Causes of Severe Birth Injuries in Georgia Hospitals

Most medical professionals exhibit a great degree of care when treating patients.  However, many acts or omissions that deviate from the requisite standard of care for a particular medical professional can justify financial recovery by parents of an infant who suffers a birth injury. Potential examples of substandard medical care during delivery or birth in an Atlanta area hospital can include:

• Failing to respond promptly enough to order a cesarean section delivery when medically appropriate
• Improper use of a vacuum extractor or forceps during delivery
• Lack of anticipation of potential complications related to a relatively large baby
• Application of improper rotational force or excessive force used during delivery
• Responding too slowly to maternal bleeding
• Slow response to fetal distress emergencies
• Inadequate monitoring or response to oxygen deprivation during the birthing process

When medical professionals, staff, and/or hospitals fail to exercise the appropriate level of care during the birthing process, the result can be serious birth injuries that limit intellectual or physical development of a child. Examples of some common birth injuries include:

• Cerebral Palsy
• Bone Fractures
• Brachial Plexus Injuries
• Injury to the head or scalp
• Brain bleeds (hemorrhage)
• Spinal cord injury
• Perinatal Asphyxia
• Facial Injuries
• Brain injuries

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!

If you believe that your infant or young child has been the victim of medical malpractice during birth, our Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorneys are committed to explaining our clients' legal rights and pursuing a positive outcome for every client. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/980112-overview

 


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