Experiencing a birth injury can be very traumatic for the whole family. As a mother, you go through so much during the nine months of pregnancy, that a birth injury can be seriously devastating.
Even though most medical professionals are diligent and provide adequate care, it is still possible for errors to be made that impact the health of you or your child.
Here’s how a doctor’s negligence can lead to a birth injury:
Doctors Must Provide Reasonable Care
If a doctor agrees to take you on as a patient, they have a legal duty to make sure they provide reasonably adequate care. If that duty is broken and you or your child are harmed as a result, you may have a medical malpractice case.
Examples of Negligence Before or During Childbirth
If Your Baby Is Harmed
Let’s say your doctor fails to provide reasonable care by deciding to deliver your baby prematurely. Consequently, your baby suffers brain damage. You may be able to recover damages for the medical costs you incurred for your baby’s ongoing rehabilitation and developmental needs, in addition to pain and suffering since your child will endure ongoing trauma in the form of a physical and mental disability.
If You Are Harmed
If your doctor neglects to take your high blood pressure into consideration before you deliver your baby and you have a seizure during delivery, you may be able to recover damages for the harm caused by the seizure.
The Main Idea
Essentially, if your doctor fails to act in ways that another reasonably prudent physician would under similar circumstances, and you or your baby are harmed in the process, you may have a viable medical malpractice case.
You may be owed compensation if you’ve endured a birth injury. Our team is highly skilled in the area of birth injury law and has helped many others in similar situations. Let us see if we can help you, too.