Labor And Delivery Negligence
Negligence during labor and delivery compromises the safety and health of mother and baby. Doctors and labor and delivery teams need to be able to anticipate potential emergencies based on risks and be ready to provide life-saving medical interventions on a moment’s notice. The delivery process can be smooth or complicated, and medical teams need to be prepared for any contingency. If there’s negligence in the delivery room, mothers are at risk for injury or worse, and babies are at risk for the potentially long-term consequences of a birth injury. If you have been injured or if your baby has suffered from a birth injury due to labor and delivery negligence, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has proven birth injury case experience immediately.
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Labor and delivery is a high-stakes area of medicine. Medical malpractice in the delivery room can permanently change the outcome for a child’s life, forever. Putting women at risk due to negligence and malpractice is also completely unacceptable. Where birth injuries occur, it’s essential to get to the bottom of what happened in the delivery room to find out whether or not malpractice or negligence were contributing factors. In some cases, malpractice may not be immediately evident to new parents. It’s essential to have a lawyer on your side who can be your advocate and help to determine whether or not medical malpractice contributed to your child’s birth injury.
Types of Negligence and Injuries During Labor and Delivery
- Inadequate monitoring of mother and baby
- Vacuum injuries
- Ignoring warning signs
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Forceps injuries
- Delaying delivery
- Failing to properly assess risks to mother and baby
- Delayed C-section
- Shoulder dystocia
- Failure to induce
- Oxygen deprivation
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Whether your child is facing the devastating consequences of a shoulder dystocia injury or brain or neurological damage associated with a lack of oxygen, you know that a birth injury has long-term consequences for babies and their families. In some cases, signs and symptoms of birth injuries can appear after a child has gone home from the hospital. In other cases, the baby may have an extended hospital stay before he or she can go home. Many types of birth injuries can leave children with permanent life-long disabilities. From brain damage and cognitive issues to delays in speech and problems with motor skills, birth injuries are nothing short of overwhelming and heartbreaking for new parents.
Expenses Associated With Labor and Delivery Negligence
The expenses associated with labor and delivery negligence can be astronomical. The initial hospital stay and delivery expenses are just the tip of the iceberg for babies who suffer from birth injuries. This is just the beginning of what could be potentially life-long medical costs. It will be important to sit down with your lawyer to talk about a long-term plan for medical expenses. You will need to take into account what could potentially be a variety of surgical or medical appointments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medications, medical devices and a variety of other medical costs that could skyrocket over a child’s lifetime. In cases of severe birth injuries, it may be necessary to obtain permanent or long-term in-home care or hospitalization. For many families, it may be necessary for one parent to stay home permanently to take care of the child, sacrificing an income.
After a birth injury due to labor and delivery negligence, it’s important to speak with an attorney. You will have enough on your plate tending to your new little one, with the added complications of a birth injury. A personal injury lawyer with labor and delivery negligence experience can be your advocate during this difficult time, and you can focus on the needs of your baby and your family. It will be essential to determine what long-term medical and care expenses will cost over the baby’s childhood and lifetime, and investigations will need to be initiated immediately. Nobody’s baby should have to suffer from the long-term consequences of a preventable birth injury due to medical malpractice and labor and delivery negligence. We’re counting on our doctors and labor and delivery medical teams to deliver babies with safety, care and competency.
If your baby has suffered from a preventable birth injury due to labor and delivery negligence in Jackson or in any of the surrounding Metro Area communities, contact the skilled and proven birth injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate free case consultation.