In spite of the exponential increase of knowledge in medical technology, pharmacology, anatomy, physiology and nutrition, many mothers and infants still suffer birth injuries. Three percent of children born in the U.S. suffer from birth defects. Though some injuries may be considered as minor injuries from which the child can recover, there are injuries that can cause a lifetime of disability.
Unfortunately some of these injuries may have been caused by a mistake, negligence, incompetence and failure to follow the appropriate standard of care during labor and delivery that can be attributed to the doctor, nurse or other staff.
Common errors during labor and delivery happen. Unfortunately, these can lead to birth defects, debilitating injuries, and even the death of the mother, the baby or both.
These may include the following:
A mistake in prescribing medication with a dangerous side effects
Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of:
Infection or Serious Viral Illness
High Blood Pressure
Inability to properly respond to threats on the health of mother or child such as:
Prolonged delivery, leading to cerebral palsy or other brain damage
Improper or excessive use of forceps or vacuum during delivery, leading to cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy
Delayed caesarean section operation during a traumatic birth
Failure to make a thorough monitoring of mother and newborn's health after a traumatic birth
Birth injuries cause trauma to the mother, the child and the entire family, especially with the expensive cost of medical care required. You can find out if you qualify to seek compensation.
Contact a leading Ohio medical malpractice attorney Jami S. Oliver for your legal options. Call 614-220-9100 to schedule an appointment.