Birth injuries can take many forms. Some of the most common birth injuries resulting from medical negligence include:
While certain birth injuries can be attributed to the stresses of childbirth, others result from the negligence of medical staff. Negligence occurs when a medical professional:
In some cases, this could mean that a medical professional failed to identify or address fetal distress or properly diagnose and treat a medical condition affecting the mother. It could mean that a doctor used too much force when pulling or twisting the baby during delivery or used tools like forceps or a vacuum incorrectly.
Birth injuries can result if an emergency C-section was not performed in a timely manner or if medical staff failed to prevent or control maternal hemorrhaging. In some cases, both the infant and the mother sustain injuries during childbirth due to negligence.
Injuries that a mother may suffer due to negligence during childbirth include:
As a non-medical professional, it may be difficult for you to identify symptoms of a birth injury to your newborn baby. Some of the most common symptoms we see in injured babies are:
When your family is suffering, you need the expertise of a qualified birth injury lawyer. The Ruth Law Team can help you to determine whether medical negligence was the cause of birth injury so you can receive the compensation you need to care for your child and move on with your life. We also help mothers who have suffered as a result of medical negligence during childbirth.