You are expecting and it is time for another routine checkup at the doctors. You go into the medical facility and are assigned to a waiting room. After a few minutes of waiting, the medical professional has you lay down on the exam table so she can perform an ultrasound on your big belly. A few minutes goes by and the facial expression on the doctor’s face looks worried and contorted. Suddenly she informs you that she is having difficulty finding the heartbeat, and after another test is conducted, it is discovered that the baby is no longer alive. You are then admitted to the hospital to have induced labor to remove the baby.
Unfortunately, this situation can sometimes happen. When all goes well, childbirth and pregnancy can be a wonderful experience, but it is also considered a risky health situation according to some professionals in the medical field. Who is to blame? Sometimes a death in utero – also known as stillbirth – can occur due to unforeseen health issues or medical malpractice. Statistics show that 6.2 stillbirths happen for 1,000 live births in the United States. Some common causes of stillbirth include obstetric complications, placental disease, genetic abnormalities, maternal infection, hypertensive disorder, and umbilical cord abnormalities.
When a doctor fails to control a risk factor during pregnancy, it can be considered a medical error that may be subject to a malpractice lawsuit. At our law firm in Baltimore, MD, we know that a cerebral palsy claim revolves around proving that a medical mistake has occurred and presenting the harm caused as a result. The same goes for stillbirth cases. A doctor could be at fault only if he or she failed to provide the appropriate treatment needed under the specific circumstance of the pregnancy. During pregnancy and childbirth, the doctor is responsible for providing a clean and safe environment to prevent infection, identifying risks, diagnosing structural abnormalities prior to birth, and diagnosing hypertensive disorder prior to birth.
Let’s not get confused between a miscarriage and a stillbirth. A stillbirth is when a fetus is delivered shows no signs of life. Miscarriages occur earlier on during the gestation period. Most states in the U.S. recognize a stillbirth as the fetus being 20 weeks or older.
Our law firm is handling a couple of cases that involve death in utero. We work hard to fight for the rights of our clients to help them obtain the compensation they need to move forward physically and emotionally. Our team is comprised of doctor-lawyers, so we understand the medical field firsthand. We are devoted to creating the best legal approach to achieving a positive outcome in the case. If you suspect that your child might have been a victim of medical malpractice, consult with a cerebral palsy injury lawyer at our firm in Baltimore, MD, today.