Birth Injury Law
A Birth Injury is a profound injury or death resulting from trauma to the baby or mother, due to medical mistakes, negligence, malpractice, or flawed hospital policy during the birthing process. This means a medical professional failed to use the appropriate degree of skill and care that would be used by a reasonable medical professional under similar circumstances.
What is Birth Injury Law? This is a subset of medical malpractice law and includes personal injury cases stemming from a failure to adequately respond to the following circumstances: maternal or fetal bleeding; fetal distress or anoxia (lack of oxygen); umbilical cord complications; the need for a cesarean section; infections; the anticipation of a large baby and related complications; and other maternal health complications. Injury can also result from incompetent or improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor.
Negligent prenatal care can also result in harm to the baby and/or mother. This can include the failure to diagnose the mother’s medical condition; failure to identify birth defects; failure to identify an ectopic pregnancy; or failure to diagnose a disease that could be contagious to the baby.
Birth injury cases are generally classified by two types: brain injury, or anoxic brain injury, where the physician or the medical staff failed to properly monitor the birth process with fetal monitoring and the failure to order a caesarean section in a timely fashion; and dystocia, which is caused by the failure to properly help the baby down the vaginal canal during a vaginal delivery and can result in various types of palsy and other complications.
Birth injury lawsuits seek to provide the families of the injured baby with financial compensation for the child’s injury.
To consult State legislation for filing a personal injury claim please see our Personal Injury Statute of Limitations page.
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Articles About Birth Injury Law
- What Are the Signs and Symptoms that a Baby Suffered a Brain Injury at Birth?When a baby suffers an injury during labor and delivery, parents are devastated and have many questions about what happened, why it happened and whether the injury could have and should have been prevented.
- Safety Protocols and Electronic Medical Records Can Reduce Incidence of Birth InjuryChildbirth is especially susceptible to medical error because of the complexity and variability of the medical issues that can arise. Medical mistakes during childbirth can lead to devastating injuries, such as Cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy, and sometimes even result in the tragic loss of the infant’s life. When your child suffers a birth injury, you should always consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
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- What to Do after a Baby's Birth Goes Terribly WrongA baby’s birth is usually one of the happiest times an expecting mother experiences in her life. However, this is not the case when a medical professional is negligent in his or her duties. The consequences of unprofessional actions often affect the entire life of the person birthed during this situation.
- Dynamics of a Birth Injury LawsuitWhen a baby is injured during birth, he or she may have a negative impact that affects him or her throughout life or long-term physical harm that could lead to serious complications. Other minor bruises or lacerations could transpire when particular instruments and tools are used through the healthcare facility.
- Risks of PROM During PregancyPregnant women often refer to their “water breaking” when talking about childbirth. This refers to the rupturing of the membranes around the amniotic sac and chorion, which results in amniotic fluid leaking out.
- A Patient's Guide to Medical Malpractice CasesMedical malpractice cases, for a normal patient, can be frightening and difficult to comprehend. Often, the patient, or the patient’s family, is reeling and in a state of disbelief, or even denial, that they, like thousands of other patients, have been harmed by medical malpractice. So after a patient or family member has been harmed or injured by a doctor or nurse, the patient or family member may ask: “What do we do next?” or “What do we do now?”
- Bad Outcome vs. Medical Negligence: What You Need to KnowConsulting with an attorney is strongly recommended as soon as possible after you believe you have suffered an event of medical malpractice
- Filing a Birth Injury LawsuitWhen a woman goes into labor, she puts the life of her unborn baby in the hands of well-trained medical professionals. In most cases that person is an obstetrician, gynecologist, neonatologist, or other doctor who has had the necessary training to safety deliver babies. Some women decide to go a slightly different, more natural route, by opting to have a midwife deliver their baby.
- Zofran Lawsuit Alleges Failure To WarnOne of the most recent lawsuits filed against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) regarding its drug Zofran alleges that GSK engaged in wrongful conduct and fraudulent misrepresentation, directly resulting in a child being born with severe congenital heart defects.
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