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Medical Malpractice: When Childbirth Goes Wrong and Injuries Result

In the main, pregnancy, labor and the birth of a child are rewarding and fulfilling. Even under the best of circumstances, however, it can be frightening simply because of the potential for things to go wrong, and most all parents are anxious, especially first-time parents. These parents depend on medical professionals to guide them through this stressful time.

In some circumstances, the birth process does not go precisely as planned, and problems occur. The inexperience of a relatively new doctor or lack of attention to the mother and baby can result in mistakes. Doctors have a legal obligation to adhere to the medical standards of care to protect babies and mothers. When mistakes are made, the following medical problems can result:

  • Delays in normal development
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Bone fractures
  • Facial paralysis
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Sepsis
  • Placenta previa

Even the most minor birth injuries can make raising a child much more difficult, and children who had future possibilities taken from them at birth — physical or mental — deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. The cost for these opportunities is far beyond the reach of most parents. Various therapies, adaptive technologies or surgical procedures are prohibitively expensive for the majority of parents no matter how much they want their child to thrive.

Birth injuries vary greatly in severity, and while some may naturally correct themselves following the birth, not all will do so. For instance, the bruising or lacerations caused by the use of forceps will generally resolve themselves, although the child could be left with a small scar. Cerebral palsy, on the other hand, results in damage to the brain areas which control muscle functions and movement. Often cerebral palsy is a direct result of lack of oxygen during the birth process.

Several parties may share in the liability for a birth injury to your child. Perhaps the delivery doctor failed to follow an acceptable standard of care, or a prescribed medication led to a birth injury or defect, in which case the manufacturer might be named in the suit. It is vital to enlist the help of the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Shim & Chang to recover the compensation you deserve.

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