When a child is born with health issues, it can be hard to deal with both emotionally and physically. In certain childbirth situations, the health issue could have been avoided, especially if the injury occurred under the duty of a doctor or nurse. One way that cerebral palsy occurs in children is by the neurological effects of a brain injury, which can happen during delivery complications. We at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC are experts in the law of medical malpractice cases that center on cerebral palsy. We have dealt with various cerebral palsy cases that involved childbirth injuries.
If you feel that your child may be a victim of medical malpractice that happened during the birth procedure, we highly suggest that you consult with one of our lawyers. You may not think that medical malpractice occurs that often during childbirth, but these situations can and do happen. However, birth injuries that occur during the delivery process are not always the result of the nurse or medical practitioner’s mistakes. Our team has compiled a list of errors that can happen during childbirth to generate awareness of medical mistakes.
Misuse of Equipment
When medical equipment is used to help deliver the baby, it should be operated by someone with a high level of experience. Tools such as vacuum extractors and forceps could harm the baby when they are not used correctly.
Babies need to be delivered on time when it is appropriate so that they do not suffer from asphyxia or lack of oxygen. The doctor on duty should always be fully aware of what the baby needs to be healthy and be able to make the correct decision in whether the labor should be induced or happen naturally.
Failure to Act
Delivering a baby sometimes requires fast thinking, especially when the situation is dangerous. When a doctor fails to act on the birth issue, it is considered medical negligence. For example, a C-section has to be performed within a reasonable amount of time if the baby is in danger during labor, in order to avoid the deprivation of oxygen. If the doctor does not react in time, he or she could be held liable.
When it comes to medical malpractice during childbirth, gaining compensation is not a simple process. Our firm has the knowledge and expertise from both the law and medical side of the malpractice spectrum, which puts you at an advantage in your case. Unfortunately, the evidence of the child’s injuries alone are not enough to support the conclusion that the medical practitioner was at fault. As experienced medical malpractice attorneys, we will make sure that every step is taken to protect you and your child’s rights.
If your child has experienced a neurologic injury, physical injury or shows signs of cerebral palsy after birth, you should investigate to determine if it was a result of medical malpractice. Contact us today at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC for a free legal consultation.