Medical malpractice during childbirth can result in severe injuries to a baby. Sometimes these injuries require expensive care for the child’s lifetime. Understanding what these situations look like can help you determine if you have been a victim.
When Birth Injury Leads to Cerebral Palsy
A common birth injury to the brain that affects the infant is cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is often the result of negligent behavior. For example, if a doctor or nurse fails to watch the fetal monitor appropriately. They may not see when that the baby is in distress and is receiving little to no oxygen. In this situation, the doctor or nurse did not prevent something they could have. This mistake, which can cause cerebral palsy, would be malpractice during childbirth.
What Counts as Medical Malpractice?
Doctors and nurses are human and are therefore prone to mistakes. This common understanding is why not every mistake qualifies as medical malpractice. To be considered medical malpractice the doctor, for example, would have to make a mistake that a different doctor would not make in that same situation. Meaning they would have been practicing under the level of care that is required. In some cases, it can be difficult to get an explanation of what went wrong during the birth and why.
Do I Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has a child with a birth injury, talking to a lawyer can be helpful. A lawyer can be beneficial in cases where the doctor, either by their choice or the hospitals instruction, is not admitting fault. A law firm will have the resources to get medical records, speak with experts, and determine what really happened. Even if the injury could not have been prevented, speaking with a lawyer for free can bring peace of mind.