When soon-to-be parents are dreaming about the births of their newborns, the scenes they imagine are filled with happiness. Unfortunately, some South Carolina parents never get to experience that post-delivery happiness. Instead, these unfortunate parents are forced to live through nightmares that are often caused by negligent medical professionals. If your doctor waited too long to perform a C-section and your child suffered a birth injury as a result, you may be able to take legal action.
Doctors in all areas of medicine are required to adhere to a standard of care. In fact, when doctors take their oaths, they promise “to do no harm,” just as they have for hundreds of years. When doctors fail to adhere to this standard, whether in the delivery room or a surgical theater, they may be held liable for medical negligence.
When this negligence occurs in the delivery room, and a newborn suffers lifelong consequences, the impact on the child?s parents is unimaginable. These parents may have to provide care for their child for his or her entire life. In a worst case scenario, a newborn dies as a result of a doctor?s negligence, and parents are left without the family they should have had.
If your child suffered birth injuries that were preventable, whether due to a delayed C-section or another incident of medical negligence, you may be eligible to pursue a medical malpractice suit. To be successful in such a suit, evidence must be presented to a South Carolina civil court that proves a doctor, member of staff or medical facility did not adhere to an acceptable standard of care. As most medical malpractice cases are complex, many parents suffering in the aftermath of birth injuries seek the assistance of experienced attorneys, such as our lawyers at Furr & Henshaw.