As a pregnant woman, you do whatever it takes to remain healthy while you're carrying your baby. From there, you hope that you receive the best possible medical care when the big day finally arrives.
Unfortunately, there are times when a child is injured at birth due to the negligence of a medical professional.
It goes without saying that not every birth injury can result in a successful legal claim. Even so, as a mother put in this position, you need to learn more about what happened as well as your legal rights.
Common types of birth injuries
By choosing the right medical team and hospital, you lessen the likelihood of a birth injury as the result of negligence. However, there is no way to guarantee that the procedure of giving birth will be free of mistakes on the part of medical personnel.
Some of the most common types of birth injuries include:
- Brain damage. This occurs when the blood and/or oxygen supply gets cut off during birth. As a result, this can lead to serious injury, including but not limited to cerebral palsy.
- Shoulder dystocia. This type of injury occurs during birth and involves damage to the nerves located in the upper arm or shoulder.
- Failure to diagnose fetal distress. It's the job of your medical team to determine if your unborn baby is under unnecessary stress. Failure to diagnose fetal distress can lead to serious injuries and even death.
- Failure to perform a C-section. There are times when a C-section is necessary, both for the safety of the mother and baby.
- Premature C-section. Just as there are times when a C-section is necessary, performing this procedure too soon can lead to injuries.
Even if you do everything you can to ensure the safety of yourself and baby, it only takes one mistake by a medical professional to cause an injury. If you find yourself in this position, do the following:
- Get immediate care for you and/or your child.
- Learn more about what happened to cause the injury.
- Take the necessary legal steps to ensure that you hold the negligent party responsible and that you're in position to receive compensation.
It is every parent's nightmare for one's child to be injured at birth, but there are steps you can take to get him or her the necessary treatment.