Becoming pregnant and giving birth to a healthy, happy baby is one of life’s greatest joys for mothers. While the majority of pregnancies and births impart minor or no complications, far too many mothers and their babies in the United States suffer a range of birth injuries.
While some preexisting health conditions may elevate the risk of certain complications during pregnancy, mothers with a range of health concerns go on to give an uncomplicated birth to a healthy infant.
However, even mothers with excellent medical histories and good health when pregnant may face incredible difficulties when giving birth due to medical malpractice. In an instance of medical malpractice, a patient is denied the standard of care they’re rightfully owed, and often the results are detrimental.
In instances of medical malpractice during childbirth, the outcome could be a devastating birth complication.
Your Child’s Birth Complication May Have Been Preventable
Health care professionals are trained to rapidly detect and treat any abnormalities or concerns at any stage of the pregnancy. When they fail to do so, the aftermath can include preventable birth injuries.
The Most Common Preventable Birth Injuries
The majority of birth injuries, regardless of most mothers’ medical histories, can be avoided with proper, professional health care from trained physicians.
Some of the most common and preventable birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial Plexus Palsy
- Severe bruising
- Caput succedaneum
- Facial paralysis
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
- Brain injury
Many of these birth injuries are a result of preeclampsia, a dangerous condition that obstetricians, emergency physicians and other medical personnel are trained to promptly diagnose and treat. Without proper treatment, the infant’s brain could fail to get adequate oxygen levels, which can result in birth injuries like epilepsy, hearing and vision problems, seizures, and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).
Did Medical Malpractice Result in Your Child’s Birth Injuries?
The bottom line is this: If your child’s birth complication is a result of medical malpractice, it likely could have been avoided.
Each case of medical malpractice may look different. But if you suspect your child’s birth injuries are the result of medical malpractice, you are well within your legal rights to file a lawsuit against the medical professionals who may be responsible for your child’s birth injuries.
The best way to know if your situation is grounds for a lawsuit is to contact a qualified, experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Trust the Hurley McKenna & Mertz Team to Represent You in Your Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Returning to face the trauma of your child’s birth injury is an incredibly difficult and brave decision. Doing so is the first step in receiving the justice, closure, and potential compensation that you deserve.
Whether your child’s condition remains stable or has become an increasingly difficult financial burden on you and your loved ones, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit may help ease your and your child’s challenges.
Our team understands how painful this decision may be. When you come to us, rest assured that we will treat you and your case with the respect and compassion you deserve. Take the first step towards closure and compensation today by contacting us for your free consultation.